January 2022 Issue

Message from the Editor

Ramneek Kalra, Editor, IEEE India Council Newsletter

Dear Readers,

As we kickstart our journey with more energy to create impact around us, hereby we are happy to announce the renovation of IEEE India Council Newsletter in the form of a Web Portal.

I would like to specially thank whole IEEE India Council ExCom Team for their utmost support in bringing this new face of newsletter to make it more engaging & interactive with technology-usage. Along with, Thanks to Newsletter Team with nominated Section Representatives as Editorial Coordinators from each Section.

In our 1st Issue of 2022, we are happy to highlight new additions as mentioned below:
1. Animated Media for more vibrancy
2. Volunteer Segment to feature volunteers experience & opportunities to serve IEEE OUs across India Council.
3. Leader Segment to share the best-practices from IEEE Experts directly in their own words.
4. Announcing New Logo & Name of the Newsletter via Council Level Contest.

In the last, I invite submissions from all IEEE India Council members for inclusion in future newsletters. In particular, I’d love to hear about your local Chapter meetings, events, or outreach activities. To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, CFP, award notice, or other items, please contact me at [email protected]. Submissions for each newsletter are due by the first week of the month.

IEEE India Council Announcements

INDICON - 2021

The 18th IEEE India Council International Conference (INDICON 2021) organized by the IEEE Kolkata section was held from 19th December to 21st December 2021 at IIT Guwahati. The focus of INDICON 2021 was for the students and young professionals from academia and industry to engage themselves in good research and engineering for the benefit of society. The theme of the conference was “Leveraging Technology for a Self-Reliant and Sustainable Society”.

INDICON had a total of 948 participants with 848 joining in online mode through the virtual delegate platform and another 100 of them attending in physical mode at IIT Guwahati. 261 papers were presented in the conference and they were later included in ieeexplore. Conference also witnessed 6 keynotes and 2-panel discussions from academic and industry stalwarts.

IEEE India Council First ExCom Meeting 2022

IEEE India Council Team was grateful to have valuable presence of Prof. K.J. Ray Liu (IEEE President & CEO 2022) in the 1st ExCom Meeting 2022 which was held on 29th January 2022 (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM IST).

The main highlights from the meeting was Address by IEEE President & CEO along with discussion of Vision Document shared by IEEE India Council Chair. This focuses on more having Humanitarian Activities in every field of committees.

MOVE Outreach India Program

MOVE Outreach India program was formally launched by IEEE India Council in India on July 8th 2021. The main focus of the Program is to design a custom vehicle that is self-contained and can deliver electricity and communication services rapidly after  a natural disaster. 

It was organised in the presence of Mr. Deepak Mathur, Region 10 Director, with the inaugural talk by Ms. Mary Ellen Randall Director IEEE MOVE Community Outreach Program, followed by a live demo of MOVE vehicle by Mr. Grayson Randall.

MOVE Program has more than 260 Volunteers from all 13 sections in India. Every Volunteer had put an effort into building this program as well as its website which also integrates with a payment gateway to allow donations to be received. As we move forward , the plan is to roll out the MOVE Truck by the end of 2022.

Congratulations to "Logo & Naming Contest Winners"

Section Events

A Fireside Chat with IEEE President-Elect 2022/ President 2023

Host – IEEE AP/MTT Joint Bangalore Chapter and IEEE Bangalore Section

Speaker – Prof. Saifur Rahman, IEEE President-Elect 2022/ IEEE CEO & President 2023

Moderator– Puneet Kumar Mishra, Chair, IEEE AP/MTT Joint Bangalore Chapter

Date – Jan 14, 2022

The session was successfully held with 50+ participants, in which Prof. Saifur Rahman talked about how to open up the sector and be responsive and recognise industry specialists contributions towards section advancement.

He also spoke about how IEEE is an Academic organisation, discussed the necessity for strong industry involvement, driving in membership numbers and how he wants every student and all members to know about IEEE and use IEEE for career and professional progress.

He also concentrated on life members and their relevance of it for future progress.

The discussion proceeded on exploring many choices accessible by obtaining IEEE membership, how to offer a unique viewpoint and new ideas for making events successful, how to create greater participation with students activities. The demand of industry participation and matching research and market activities with students. Many subsections and student branch counsellors expressed various views and many questions regarding IEEE were answered throughout the session. Overall, it was a fireside and vibrant chat with President-Elect 2022.

IEEE Signal Processing Society Forum on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing

Host – IEEE Signal Processing Society Bangalore Chapter and IEEE Bangalore Section


  • Pavan Kaushik
  • Sivateja Kakiketi
  • Manoj Sanker
  • Srinivas Kudavelly
  • Abhishek Appaji
  • Vivek Singhal
  • Manjunatha Maiya

Date – Jan 26, 2022

IEEE Signal Processing Society Bangalore Chapter organized a forum on Biomedical Signal and Image Processing on 26th January 2022.

This forum aimed to provide a cross-disciplinary international forum to interchange information on research in the measurement and analysis of signals and images in clinical medicine and the biological sciences. Inauguration and open remarks were done and given by Dr. Deepa Shenoy, Chair IEEE Bangalore Section, and Mr. Shailesh Sakri -Chair IEEE SPS Bangalore Chapter.

The session had seven talks in total covering a wide range of topics. The talks included Artificial Intelligence applications for COVID-19, Ultrasound Image Quantification, Machine Learning for Biomedical Signal/Image processing, The Innovations in ML and DL, and many more current age significant topics. The forum overall gave insights on dealing with the practical, applications-led research on the use of methods and devices in clinical diagnosis, patient monitoring, and management.

Women Back to Work

IEEE Bombay Section WIE Affinity group organized a Webinar series on Women Back to Work from 21st June 2021 to 26th June 2021. The hosts for the event were Sanyukta Pawaskar (Student Member) and Chaitanya Fulpatil (Student Member). Each day the event started at 5.30 pm. On the first day, a welcome address by Dr Sangita Chaudhari, Vice-Chair, WIE AG BS. She briefed the audience about the activities under WIE AG BS since August 2020. There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise. The participation of women in the workforce plays a crucial role in the development of an organization. But when it comes to taking a break from her career, from various perspectives it becomes difficult for her to make a comeback. In this webinar series, participants got to hear from a few of the most inspiring industry experts.

Event Objectives:

  1. Challenges faced by the women to get back after a gap.
  2. Opportunities available for Women back to work.

Registration Count: 100

Key Takeaways:

  1. Counselling style which results in overcoming depressions, achieving academic improvement, enhancing child-parent relationships, even averting suicides through art of living.
  2. Understanding international taxation, global mobility services, compensation planning, end to end payroll solutions which is one of the important aspects of Financial Planning
  3. Build up start-up ideas for the women back to work.
  4. Personal experiences by one of the speaker in various phases of life motivated the participants to wisely choose the career and build their passions.

An Online Instructor le Course on “Fundamentals of Deep Learning”

IEEE Bombay Section WIE Affinity group in association with NVIDIA, organized an online instructor Led course: “Fundamentals of Deep Learning” on 26th June 2021. The event started with a warm welcoming address by IEEE WIE volunteer Ms. Aditi Rao, and brief introduction of our esteemed speaker Dr. Meenakshi Arya.

Dr. Meenakshi Arya and her NVIDIA team started the session by providing the steps and guidelines to participants to get successfully enrolled for the course. Dr. Arya started with the explanation of the course agenda and gave us a brief introduction about Deep Learning. Some of the topics covered were Machine Learning, How neural network trains, Convolutional neural network, Data augmentation and deployment, Pre-trained models and Advanced architectures and so on. Participants were also provided NVIDIA 1TB GPU access along with Hand On code experience to successfully run the experiments. The questions posted by the attendees were then answered by the speaker. At the end of the session, participants were allotted an assessment task. NVIDIA Competency Certificate was provided to only those participants who successfully completed the assessment task.

At the end of the session, the host gave a vote of thanks to the resource persons Dr. Meenakshi Arya and entire NVIDIA team, IEEE WIE Bombay Section chair Dr. Varsha Turkar, event coordinators Prof. Saumya Salian and Prof. Yeshudas Muttu, Volunteers and the participants for their support and efforts in making the Programme a great success.

Event Objectives:

  1. Introduction to Deep learning
  2. How neural network trains
  3. Convolutional neural network
  4. Data augmentation and deployment Pre-trained models
  5. Advanced architectures.

Registration Count: 300

Key Takeaways: Participants were provided NVIDIA 1TB GPU access along with Hand On code experience to successfully run the experiments.

Women in the Corporate World: A Freewheeling Conversation

IEEE WIE AG Delhi Section and IEEE Delhi Section Student Activities Committee in collaboration with Equal Opportunity Cell, DTU organized a webinar on “Women in the Corporate World: A Freewheeling Conversation” on 18th January. This enlightening webinar touched  on the benefits, problems, and opportunities that women encounter in the workplace.

Over 50 students participated in the event, representing different student  branches. .Chief guest of event, Ms. Rachana Garg, Chair of IEEE Delhi Section formally inaugurated the event . The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about creating an environment where there is no violence or gender discrimination and where women have equal rights in the community, society and workplace. This event also apprises future women engineers about opportunities and legal rights in the corporate world for women and the actions they can take if they face these issues in future.

The guest  speaker , Ms. Kankana Karkun , explained every facet of opportunities and the issues that are faced by women in the corporate world. She also discussed some of the challenges she faced during her journey. The event was well received by participants and everyone was able to clarify their doubts. At the end, the vote of thanks was delivered by IEEE WIE AG Chair Ms. Priya Mahajan.

Link Camp'21 - Call for Student Leadership Team 2022

IEEE LINK CAMP 2021, a signature event of IEEE LINK was conducted on the 8th and 9th of January, 2022 at Government Polytechnic College, Kozhikode. The interviews for the various roles on the Student Leadership Team of IEEE Kerala Section were conducted alongside Student Branch Annual Presentations on Day-1 and Day-2 of the camp. 

150 interviewees competed passionately for the various roles on the Student Leadership Team in person and representatives from over 50 Student Branches presented their vibrant annual journey.

The event kicked off with an inaugural ceremony and the briefing of event guidelines. The camp proved to be a brilliant success and received largely positive feedback. The Annual General Body Meeting was held and the decisions regarding the different set of awards to be given away for the various activities in 2021 were also made during the camp.

Microwaving a Biological Cell Alive ‒ Broadband Label-free Non-invasive Electrical Characterization of a Live Cell (Distinguished Lecture)

Speaker: Professor James C. Hwang, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering Cornell University, USA.

Host: IEEE MTT-S SBC, Jadavpur University.

On 8th January 2022, Prof. J. C. Hwang gave a distinguished microwave lecture (DML) which was hosted by IEEE MTT-S SBC, JU. A total of 32 participants attended the webinar which included both IEEE and non-IEEE members. After the talk, Prof. Hwang took the time to interact with the participants and answer the questions posted in the chat box. It was an enriching experience for all the participants.

Student Branch Reporting and Membership Benefits

Host: IEEE Pune Section

Speakers: Dr. Amar Buchade, Treasurer, IEEE Pune Section and Dr. Preeti Ramdasi, Vice Chair, Membership Development and Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Pune Section

An informative webinar was conducted for the Student Branch Counselors and Student Branch Chairs of IEEE Pune Section on January 25, 2022. In all 60 participants attended the event. Dr. Neha Sharma, Secretary, IEEE Pune Section aligned everyone towards the mission and vision of the Section. Moving forward, she invited Dr. Amar Buchade to explain about vtools reporting. Dr. Amar Buchade demonstrated the process of submitting an annual plan for a Student Branch very well and also shared the required information with them. Next, Dr. Preeti Ramdasi explained in brief about the benefits of IEEE Membership. She also made it a point to launch the Inter College Contest for Membership Development 2022 and IEEE Engagement Roadmap. She gave a brief overview of the event and also encouraged the Student Branch Counselors and Chairs to participate in the contest for prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh. She emphasized that being a part of this contest will count to be as good as being a brand ambassador of IEEE.

Volunteer Segment

Volunteering Experience-Sharing

As a Kendriya Vidyalaya student and my father is a Central Government employee so, my school life was not restricted to a single place. It was beautiful to see other cultures and got the opportunity to learn their languages, but not enough time to make friends, which led me to become an introverted person, but when I joined College i wanted to change, try something new and  that’s how I joined IEEE.

Explore more about Akarsh below! 

Volunteering Opportunities

Leader Segment

Prof. K. Gopalan Nair
LSM IEEE, Editor Section Newsletter & Chair Publications
IEEE Kerala Section
IEEE ICNL is excited to share the interview snippet with one of the prominent leaders Prof. K. Gopalan Nair. Find the interview questions which were being asked below and “Continue Reading to explore learning and best-practices from his leadership experience:
1. What is your “IEEE Mantra” which helped you to be a member till date in IEEE?
2. Share any of your personal experience where IEEE helped you to explore and grow.
3. What do you expect for the future of IEEE India Council Newsletter to be like?
4. How long have you been doing Newsletter Editorship?


Event Bulletin

Nomination and Awards

Awards & Recognition Activities in MGA

IEEE Student Awards by MGA Student Activities Committee (SAC), Deadline : 31-03-2022, Click Here to Apply

IEEE Women in Engineering Awards by IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC), Deadline: 15-04-2022, Click Here to Apply

IEEE Young Professionals Awards by IEEE Young Professional Committee (YPC), Deadline: 15-06-2022, Click Here to Apply

IEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award by IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC), Deadline: 15-04-2022, Click Here to Apply

Shri Pralhad P Chhabria Awards 2022

Presented by Hope Foundation and Research Centre (Hope Foundaction), in association with IEEE India Council, WiE Affinity Group, IEEE Pune Section.
The Four awards are:
  1. Best Outgoing Female Student – Winner
  2. Best Outgoing Female Student – Runner Up
  3. Best Woman Professional (Early Career) – Winner
  4. Best Woman Professional (Early Career) – Runner Up
Deadline: February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)

The Elizabeth & Emerson Pugh Young Scholar in Residence at the IEEE History Center

Intended for: Scholars at the beginning or middle of their career studying the history of technology and engineering or a related field, advanced undergraduates, and advanced graduates.

It is not intended for engineers unless there is a substantial historical component to their research.

The Pugh Young Scholar in Residence provides research experience for students in the history of technology and engineering, while enlisting the help of promising scholars for the Center’s projects. The scholar generally works full time for two months at the History Center on a Center project connected to his or her own area of interest. This time is usually during the summer, but other arrangements will be considered. Scholars are also encouraged to consult with the center’s staff and its associates and are guided to research resources in the area.

Stipend: US $5,000

Introducing IEEE India Council Newsletter Team - 2022