From the Editor’s Desk
Trust begets trust
It is believed that both ‘cold reasons’ and ‘hot emotions’ are needed to take ‘right decisions’. Trustworthy decisions emanate from a trustworthy mind. Being realistic, honest, and forgiving with yourself and with others are helpful to deal with the challenges of tough times. Matters related to trust occupy a huge amount of our mental energies. Under vulnerable circumstances we tend to depend more on trust. A person can be trusted in some contexts but not necessarily in all the contexts. A trusted person enjoys many advantages; even his vulnerability is accepted.
Trust is a kind of risk that is worth taking. ‘Calculation-based’ trusts calculate the value of creating and sustaining trust in a relationship relative to the costs of sustaining or severing the relationship. ‘Identification-based trust’ values other person’s identity as an individual. More trustworthy and sustainable relationships grow out of identification-based trust. In ‘benevolence-based trust’ an individual does not intentionally harm another when gets an opportunity to do so. In ‘competence-based trust’ an individual believes that another person is knowledgeable about a given subject area and, therefore, can be trusted. We shift from one mode of trust to the other, depending upon our life circumstances. Competence and reliability are the two traits that determine and establish trustworthiness. Knowledge sharing is not possible unless trust is embedded into the system.
Distrust evokes a feeling of doubt and fear. The reasons of distrust could be purely imaginary, resulting out of a misplaced feeling. A little distrust is often helpful. It can avert herd mentality. Relationship experts say that a healthy amount of distrust can protect against the risk of exploitation.
All beautiful minds are trustworthy, decisive, and biased. Our biases and prejudices are subjective. We find it almost impossible to ignore the “subjective first person view of things.” Because of distorted perceptions and wishful thinking, we see things more positively than they really are. We even distort our memory to suit our perception. We accept the arguments of those whom we like, and reject the arguments of those whom we dislike. We use one yardstick to judge success/ failures of the self and another yardstick for others. We all have ‘bias blind spots’. We cross-check the bad news and we readily accept the good news. We take biased decisions based upon the irrational decisions we have taken in the past. We accept things, not necessarily because of merit but because of our familiarity with the thing. We overestimate the degree to which others should agree with us. Our brains are highly attuned to negative biases. Almost all our decision making biases favour conflict rather than concession. Hawks see only hostility in their adversaries. Doves often point to subtle openings for dialogue. In fact, a bias in favour of hawkish beliefs and preferences is built into the fabric of our mind, says Daniel Kahneman. Some of us like familiarity and certainty. Some of us like uncertainty and novelty. People in the first group are less receptive to new ideas, and are biased towards predictability and clarity. People belonging to the second group love to face new situations and are positively biased towards such people/issues.
INAE-SIATI Seminar on “Innovation in Technologies, Process, Machine Tools & Quality Control for Manufacturing Excellence”
The INAE-SIATI Seminar on “Innovation in Technologies, Process, Machine Tools & Quality Control for Manufacturing Excellence” organized jointly by Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI) On Dec 2-3, 2016 at Dr VM Ghatage Convention Centre, Bangalore as a part of the SIATI Silver Jubilee Celebrations. Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman ISRO was the Chief Guest. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE and Shri Kaveri Renganathan, CEO, HAL -BC were the Guests of Honour. Dr CG Krishnadas Nair, President, SIATI delivered the Welcome Address during the Inaugural; Session on Dec 2, 2016 while the Inaugural address was delivered by the Chief Guest Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman ISRO. This was followed by the Presentation of awards, Inauguration of the Seminar and Address by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE. Shri Kaveri Renganathan, CEO, HAL -BC delivered his address and the Silver Jubilee Special Issue was released. Dr AR Upadhya, Chairman, Organizing Committee proposed the Vote of Thanks.
Six companies were awarded the SIATI Award for their outstanding contribution towards indigenous development and four personnel were awarded with the “Life Time Achievement Award” for their outstanding achievements and contributions in developing and innovation and technology based industry, enhancing self reliance in Aerospace and Defence sector, creating wealth, employment and welfare. The format of the seminar included five Technical Sessions, an “Academy Industry Interaction workshop” and a Panel Discussion on “National Manufacturing Policy and Development Funds for Innovations in Manufacturing” on the second day. There were ten presentations on different topics in manufacturing on the first day and nine presentations on the second day. During the Panel Discussion at the end of the Seminar, the Members of the panel discussed the various ways and means to increasing the manufacturing base in India through innovation and automation.
IEEE-INAE Symposium on Electromagnetic Education and Research
The IEEE-INAE Symposium on Electromagnetic Education and Research was held during Dec 12-13, 2016 at SSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam, Tamil Nadu. It was also financially supported by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S). The symposium Chairs were Prof Krishnasamy T. Selvan (SSN College of Engineering) and Prof S.V. Kulkarni (IIT Bombay). With the theme of the symposium being the promotion of quality EM teaching and research in the country, the symposium featured a keynote talk, several invited talks and some contributed papers by doctoral students. In order to promote scholarly interactions, 10 minutes of time was allotted for discussions at the end of each talk. The keynote speaker was Dr B.N. Suresh, President, INAE, and the invited speakers included Prof R.K. Shevgaonkar (IIT Bombay), Prof S.V. Kulkarni (IIT Bombay), Prof R.K. Mishra (Berhampur University), Prof Bratin Ghosh (IIT Kharagpur), Prof Rowdra Ghatak (NIT Durgapur), Dr Chandrakanta Kumar (ISRO) and Dr P.H. Rao (SAMEER). Prof Parveen Wahid (University of Central Florida) gave a presentation on IEEE AP-S activities, with a focus on its educational initiatives. There were student presenters from IIT Kharagpur, Shiv Nadar University, NIST Odisha and IIT Kanpur. The students were presented with Graduate Travel Awards that carried a certificate and a cheque for their train travel to attend the symposium. This presentation was done by Prof. R.K. Shevgaonkar. At a meeting held during the sidelines of the symposium, it was proposed to hold a symposium of this kind biennially. All the sessions of the symposium were very interactive. The oral and written feedback on the symposium from the participants were very positive.
INAE on Facebook and Twitter
INAE has created a Facebook and twitter Account to post the news of recent INAE activities in the Social Media. The same can be viewed at the link below.
(a) Facebook -link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indian-National-Academy-of-Engineering/714509531987607?ref=hl
(b) Twitter handle link https://twitter.com/inaehq1
All INAE Fellows are requested to visit and follow the above to increase the visibility of INAE in Social media.
Research Journal -INAE Letters
INAE has launched a quarterly journal “INAE Letters” published by M/s Springer. The objective of the journal is to provide a medium for rapid publication of new research results and invited short review articles across different domains of engineering science and technology. The first issue of the Research Journal “INAE Letters” was released by the Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting on Sep 1, 2016 at IIT Madras, Chennai during the sidelines of the Engineers Conclave 2016. Dr Purnendu Ghosh, Chief Editor of Publications, INAE and Executive Director, Birla Institute for Scientific Research, Jaipur is the Editor-in-Chief of INAE Letters. The website for the Research Journal “INAE Letters” to include facility for submission of papers online has also been launched. The soft copy of the INAE Letters can be viewed at the link http://www.springer.com/engineering/journal/41403. Three issues of the Journal INAE Letters have been published so far.
(L. to R. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE, Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, HRD; Hon’ble Minister, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras during the release of INAE Letters)
Creation of Data for INAE Expert Pool
INAE Expert Pool was created with the aim of identifying domain experts in various disciplines of engineering. There has been a good response from the Fellows and Young Associates in uploading their particulars on the INAE Expert Pool website. The INAE Fellows and Young Associates who have not uploaded their particulars are requested to submit their profile details online at the link http://inae.in/expert-search/index.php/inae-members-form
The details of the INAE expert Pool have since been shared with DST, TIFAC, Niti Aayog and Office of PSA. The creation of the website on Expert Pool has been appreciated by all the agencies and the data would be used by them in identifying suitable domain experts and to involve the experts in their activities.
Important Meetings held during January 2017
- Apex Committee Meeting Chaired by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE with the three Vice-Presidents – Dr KV Raghavan, Prof Indranil Manna Dr Purnendu Ghosh as Members, was held on Jan 20, 2017. Besides other Agenda, the Committee reviewed and finalized all activities to be conducted by INAE during the Calendar Year 2017.
Academia Industry Interaction
AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme
Industry-academia interactions over technological changes have become essential in recent times so that relevant knowledge that would be sustainable in the changing conditions can be imparted to the students in the engineering institutions. While industries could gain by using the academia’s knowledge base to improve the industry’s cost, quality and global competitive dimensions; thereby reducing dependence on foreign know-how and expenditure on internal R&D, academicians benefit by seeing their knowledge and expertise being fruitfully utilized practically and also by strengthening of curricula of educational programs being offered at engineering colleges/institutions. INAE together with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) launched “AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme” in 1999. Under this scheme, Industry experts are encouraged to give a few lectures in engineering institutions. This scheme has become popular among industry experts as well as engineering colleges.
Brief details pertaining to recent visits of industry experts under this scheme are given below.
|Dr Manish Roy
Scientist ‘F’, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad
|Department of Metallurgical Engineering, JNTU, Hyderabad
Dec 23, 2016
|Delivered lecture on “Degradation of Thermal Barrier Coatings”. Has identified project based on requirement for naval and defense applications. According to the feedback from engineering college the scheme helps academicians to work on problems with practical and industrial relevance. It also provides an opportunity to fine tune existing curriculum and introduce new courses to cater the need of industry.
International Conferences/Seminars being organized by IITs/other Institutions
To view a list of International Conferences/Seminars being held in the month of February 2017click here
Honours and Awards
Prof K Bhanu Sankara Rao, FNAE, Ministry of Steel Chair Professor, Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad has received Platinum Medal from the Indian Institute of Metals on Nov 14, 2016 at IIT Kanpur for his outstanding contributions to Metallurgical profession, research, materials development to fast reactors and contributions to the Indian Institute of Metals.
News of Fellows
Prof Bikramjit Basu, FNAE, Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He will be inducted during the AIMBE’s 2017 Annual Event being held on March 19-20, 2017 in Washington, DC, USA.