INAE Monthly E-News Letter Vol. VIII, Issue 6, June 1, 2017


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Academy of Beautiful Minds

Why some minds are more beautiful?

It can’t be only the senses, resolve and effort that makes a mind more beautiful?  There is something else. What is that?  E F Schumacher wrote, “Beethoven’s musical Read more...

Purnendu Ghosh
Chief Editor of Publications

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Dr K V Raghavan

Dr Sanak Mishra

Prof. Indranil Manna

Prof BS Murty

Prof Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay

Prof Pradip Dutta

Prof Manoj K Tiwari

Prof Sanjay Mittal

Prof Prasun K Roy

Brig Rajan Minocha

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From the Editor’s Desk

Academy of Beautiful Minds

Why some minds are more beautiful?

It can’t be only the senses, resolve and effort that makes a mind more beautiful?  There is something else. What is that?  E F Schumacher wrote, “Beethoven’s musical abilities, even in deafness, were incomparably greater than mine, and the difference did not lie in the sense of hearing; it lay in mind.” Is it only the mind that makes all the difference? Some say, “greatness requires enormous time.” Some others say, “achievement is not just hard work: the differences between performance at time 1 and successive performances at times 2, 3, and 4 are vast, not simply the result of additional sweat.” They say that talent and expertise are necessary but not sufficient to make someone original and creative. How a talented person achieves in several domains is another interesting puzzle. The answers to some of these questions are likely to come, writes Howard Gardner, from genetics (do highly talented individuals have a distinctive, recognisable genetic profile), neuroscience (are there structural or functional neural signatures, and, importantly, can these be recognised early in life), cognitive psychology (are the mental representations of talented individuals distinctive when contrasted to those of hard workers), and the psychology of motivation (why are talented individuals often characterised as having a rage to learn, a passion to master). Steven Pinker rightly says, “None of us know what made us what we are, and when we have to say something, we make up a good story.”

Beautiful minds existed in the age of faith as well as reason and have inspired human minds through the ages. How about an Academy of Beautiful Minds? What is required to become a Fellow of the Academy of Beautiful Minds?

Desire to know and capacity to understand

Belief in connectivity and continuum

Values relationships that do not terminate

With the termination of the purpose

Envisions the visible and perceives the invisible

Knows but doesn’t display

Absent-minded but can change the mindset

Often unpredictable, misunderstood

Imperfect, disproportionate, and limited

Transcends, sometimes, ahead of time

 

ACADEMY ACTIVITIES

Academy Announcements

  • Nominations have been invited for Innovative Student Projects Award 2017. The last date of the receipt of nominations is July 7, 2017.

DST Conclave on May 2-3, 2017 at Kolkata

The DST Conclave wherein all the Autonomous Bodies of the DST participated was held at Kolkata on May 2-3, 2017.  Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology, Govt. of India presided over the event in the Conclave.  Prof. Indranil Manna, Vice-President, INAE attended the subject DST Conclave on behalf of INAE. During the DST Conclave, presentations were made to the Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology on the functioning of the Autonomous Bodies.  Accordingly, the presentation on INAE activities was made by Prof. Indranil Manna.

Dr. Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship              

INAE and DST have taken an initiative to institute a Senior Level Fellowship in the area of Engineering.  The subject Fellowship shall be considered to be named after “Abdul Kalam Engineering Innovation Fellowship”. The guidelines for instituting the subject Fellowship has since been formulated and shall be announced shortly.The draft guidelines and proforma for Dr. Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship were discussed during the recently held INAE-DST Consultative Committee meeting held on May 15, 2017 at DST. A maximum of ten Fellowships were decided to be instituted which will be funded by DST. The objective of the fellowship is to recognize, encourage and support translational research by individuals to achieve excellence in engineering, innovation and technology development. Efforts are ongoing to finalize the guidelines and launch the Fellowship by Aug 15, 2017.

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: 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.

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 May 2017

  • INAE Sectional Committee Meetings were held from May 3 -12, 2017 at INAE Office, Gurgaon to initially shortlist the nominations received for Election of Fellows and also to identify 3-4 domain experts for “Peer Review” of the shortlisted nominations.  In addition, theSectional Committees also shortlisted the nominations received for INAE Young Engineer Award, besides identifying the reviewers. The meetings were attended by a large number of Fellows.
  • INAE-DST Consultative Committee Meeting on May 15, 2017 at DST Chaired by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST wherein the main agenda items included formal handing over of the report on ‘Clean Coal Technologies’ and Discussion and finalization of the Guidelines for institution of Senior Level Fellowship in the area of Engineering to be implemented by INAE with the fund support from DST through SERB.
  • Meeting of INAE Steering Committee on Research Schemes/Proposals on May 16, 2017 at INAE Office, Gurgaon Chaired by Dr KV Raghavan, Vice-President, INAE wherein one of the main agenda items was to shortlist the nominees for Innovator Entrepreneur Award who would be called for presentation subsequently before the INAE Selection Committee to select the awardee.

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, academics 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. Vithal Narasinha Kamat Managing Director, Baroda Electric Meters Ltd. Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat
Mar 21, 2017
Delivered lectures on “Role of Internet of things (IOT) in the Smart Age” and “Smart LED Lamps metered with Apparent Energy Tariff”. Has guided students to choose topics of projects. According to the feedback from college the scheme is highly beneficial to both the students as well as the faculty members.
Dr Jayanta Kumar Saha Deputy General Manager (Applications), Institute for Steel Development & Growth, Kolkata Indian Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Shibpur
Apr 3-4, 2017
Delivered lectures on “Technology & Innovations for steel Products and Processes” and “Use of Stainless Steels and various Codal Provisions”. Guided Two projects on “Performance Evaluation of different types of Reinforcement Bars” and “Performance Evaluation of epoxy Coated Reinforcement bars used for RCC”. According to the feedback from the college the interactive sessions conducted by Dr. Saha helped to correlate the applications with theoretical knowledge. The DVP scheme also helps in skill development training programme for final year students.


International Conferences/Seminars being organized by IITs/other Institutions To view a list of International Conferences/Seminars being held in the month of June 2017click here

 

News of Fellows

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Professor Kalyanmoy Deb, FNAE, Koenig Endowed Chair Professor at Michigan State University and Formerly Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur, has now crossed 100,000 mark on Google Citations with an h-index of 102. More information about his citation record can be found at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=paTAXiIAAAAJ&hl=en According to Google Scholar, he is also #1 in “Evolutionary Computation”, #4 in “Optimization”, and #8 in “Artificial Intelligence” areas. Prof Deb started his academic career at IIT Kanpur in 1992 as an Assistant Professor. Most of his highly-cited studies were conducted during his 20 years of stay at IIT Kanpur.

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