Dr. BN Suresh, FNAE, FAeSI, FASI, FSSI, MIAA
Dear Fellows of the Academy,
On the eve of the New Year, I am delighted to express my warmest greetings to all our Fellows, Young Associates and their families and convey my best wishes to each one for a very happy, healthy, successful and productive New Year 2017. It is a matter of pride for us that all our Fellows have made very meaningful contributions during the last one year for the growth of the Academy, both in its activities and outreach. It has indeed helped the Academy in enhancing its visibility and stature in the engineering community, both at national and international levels. I take this opportunity to convey my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of you for your whole hearted support and cooperation.
Some of the major highlights of the year include the Engineers Conclave 2016, held at IIT Madras during Sept 1-3, 2016 which was inaugurated by Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting. The recommendations are being finalized for submission and follow up actions with the concerned Government Departments/agencies. A high level meeting was organized by the INAE, with the presence of the top executives from R&D, Academia and Industry to discuss various aspects of the realization of Regional Transport Civil Aircraft in the Country and to suggest a suitable mechanism for the same. I am happy to inform that we are able to converge on a possible mechanism for its realization and the recommendations have been finalized which will be shortly submitted to the concerned Government agencies in the Country.
INAE has been continuously striving to reach out to policy makers and in this connection several initiatives have been taken. The INAE-DST Consultative Committee has been constituted and has been meeting quarterly with the main aim of discussing and aligning the activities undertaken by INAE with the thrust areas of the Govt. of India. Similarly, the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to Govt. of India requested INAE to suggest suitable experts to interact with the Ministry of Commerce on specific areas, particularly for increasing the export of engineering products for enhancing their quality and reducing the costs. Two such interactive meetings have been held so far on the topics of Industrial Valves and Electric Motors in which INAE Fellows and other experts participated.
One of the important initiatives of INAE, at the behest of DST is to undertake the study on Clean Coal Technologies addressing the present status, the gap areas and the thrust research areas needed, which can be funded by the Government. Accordingly, INAE conducted two such meetings with the experts from all over the Country and deliberated in detail addressing all issues on Clean Coal Technologies relevant to the country. The outcome of these efforts is the identification of eleven research proposals covering various aspects of Clean Coal technologies and they have been submitted to DST for consideration during a recent meeting.
INAE has recently launched a quarterly journal “INAE Letters” published by M/s Springer with the objective of providing a medium for the rapid publication of new research results and also invited short review articles across different domains of engineering 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 Engineers Conclave 2016. Two issues of the Journal have been brought out so far and I seek your active contributions for the sustained continuity of the journal.
INAE Expert Pool was created with the aim of identifying domain experts in various disciplines of engineering. There has been an overwhelming response from the Fellows and Young Associates in uploading their particulars on the INAE Expert Pool website and many of the Government agencies have expressed their willingness to utilize our Expert Pool for many of their initiatives. There is also a constant endeavour to seek the involvement of more Fellows in the activities of the Academy. Efforts are on to enhance the participation and involvement of the Sectional Committees. Greater emphasis is given to the Local Chapters and I am pleased to inform you that many of the Chapters have become quite active this year.
The INAE Annual Convention was held on Dec 8-9, 2016 at Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad. The format of the Annual Convention is reshaped to make it more attractive to all our Fellows by introducing Plenary talks, Industry session, meetings of INAE Forums and also Sideline meeting with senior INAE Fellows to discuss the Way Forward for the Academy. This year, the proceedings of CAETS 2015 Convocation on “Pathways to Sustainability: Energy, Mobility and Healthcare Engineering” published by M/s Springer was also released.
It is heartening to note that in all these events a large number of INAE Fellows participated. The success of all major programmes and activities of INAE are attributed to the active involvement and keen interest shown by the Fellows. The knowledge, wisdom and eminence of our Fellows have helped us in achieving the desired goals. On behalf of INAE, I convey my sincere gratitude to all my Fellow colleagues in the Academy for their valuable contributions and look forward to have much greater and meaningful involvement and contributions in the forthcoming events and programmes being planned, this year too. We always welcome your valuable suggestions and look forward to your inputs and contributions to take the Academy to greater heights of excellence.
It is with great pleasure that I once again wish all our Fellows, Young Associates and their families, a very Happy New Year 2017 filled with joy, prosperity, peace, success and outstanding achievements in your future professional pursuits and endeavours.