INAE Monthly E-News Letter Vol. VIII, Issue 10, October 1, 2017

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From the Editor’s Desk


Filled with the urge to know and understand, a friend of mine

Desired to see beyond the self

Fate brought him closer to the people

A blue-eyed academic became the darling of the people in no time

But no

Purnendu Ghosh
Chief Editor of Publications

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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


Filled with the urge to know and understand, a friend of mine

Desired to see beyond the self

Fate brought him closer to the people

A blue-eyed academic became the darling of the people in no time

But not for long

In the melee of populist measures

My friend lost his voice and identity

His theories remained theories

Bound in plans meant for a faraway future

An uneasy realization gripped him

‘Mainstream is not for me’

Filled with the discontent of failure

My friend decides to return to the world he once belonged

No longer was he an academic in the world he once belonged

Felt the academe

How can one loose his shine so soon

My friend wondered and suffered

And quietly one day he went away

No one knows where

How the world immersed in myriad things can remember

A forlorn and faded academic

“Wise are not academic, and academic are not wise”

A wise said aeons ago

Don’t be sad, my friend, come back

A wise always remains a wise

Academic or otherwise



Engineers Conclave 2017

INAE had taken an initiative of organizing an annual mega event of engineers as “Engineers Conclave” in the year 2013. The first four Engineers Conclaves, viz., EC-2013 with DRDO, EC-2014 with DOS; EC2015 with DAE and EC2016 with IIT Madras were held at New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai respectively.The Fifth Engineers Conclave-2017 (EC-2017) was held jointly with CSIR on September 14-16, 2017 at NAL, Bangalore.  The two themes for Engineers Conclave-2017 (EC-2017) were: Theme-I on “Regional Air Connectivity” coordinated by NAL, Bangalore and Theme-II on “Digital Economy” coordinated by INAE.

Dr VK Sarawat, FNAE,Member, Niti Aayogwas the Chief Guest and inaugurated the Engineers Conclave 2017 at NAL Bangalore. The Inaugural Session commenced with the lighting of the lamp and the Invocation which was followed by the Welcome Address by Dr Girish Sahni, Co-Chair, EC 2017 and DG, CSIR, New Delhi. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE and Co-Chair EC 2017 then highlighted the aim of the Conclave. Dr VK Saraswat, in his Address appreciated the importance of the two themes of the Conclave in the present national context. The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr Kota Harinarayana, FNAE on behalf of Prof Roddam Narasimha, FNAEMr Jitendra J Jadhav, Director, CSIR-NAL proposed the Vote of Thanks.



The themes of the Conclave focused on cutting edge solutions and specific recommendations for development by the concerned organizations.  Eminent experts and senior functionaries from National and State Centres/ Departments/ Units, Academia, Industry and INAE participatedin the conclave to deliberate on the important themes of the EC-2017.  There were about 350 participants including 80 INAE Fellows and Young Associates in the Engineers Conclave 2017. The Technical Sessions on Theme -I were on “Regional air Connectivity: Policy/Regulatory Issues/Operators View Points”; “Airports/No frill Airports”; “Market and Top-Level requirements for new Gen Regional Aircraft”; “Technologies for A New Gen Regional Aircraft” and “Design for Maintenance”. The Technical Sessions on Theme -II were on “Infrastructure and Integration”; “Financial Technologies”; “User Interfaces and Services”; “Cyber Security” and “Human Resources: Development, Employment and Empowerment”.

The highlights of the Conclave were the five Plenary Talks delivered by Mr VVR Sastry, Ex-Director, C-DOT on “ Digital Economy- Challenges, Opportunities, Initiatives and way Forward”; on “ IAF’s Requirements for Transport Aircraft”  by AVM BR Krishna; on “Evolution of Digital Space” by Dr Gulshan Rai, DG-CERT-IN & National Cyber Security Coordinator; on “GST System Project: The Engineering Challenges” by Mr Prakash Kumar, CEO, GST, New Delhi and on “ Air Transportation in India- Challenges” by Prof G Raghuram. Director, IIM, Bangalore.

A sideline meeting Chaired by Dr VK Sarawat, FNAE, Member, Niti Aayog on “Development & Production of Commuter & Regional Aircraft in India: Way Forward” was held with all stakeholders and policy makers. Some of the stakeholders who participated in the meeting were delegates from Spicejet, Air India, Indian Air Force, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Pratt & Whitney and Airbus, besides other dignitaries.

Parallel Panel Discussion Sessions on the two themes on Way Forward were held which were Chaired by Dr Kota Harinaryana, FNAE and Prof Veni Madhavan respectively to arrive at the recommendations on proposed course of action. During the Valedictory Session Chaired by Prof Roddam Nanrasimha, FNAE the summing up of the Technical Sessions of the two themes was carried out by the respective Coordinators. The Conclave ended with the Valedictory Address by the Chairman, Prof Roddam Narasimha. Actionable recommendations based on the deliberations of the two themes are under compilation which will be forwarded to the concerned Government Departments/Agencies for consideration.

Dr. Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship              

INAE and DST have taken an initiative to institute “Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowships” to outstanding engineers to recognize, encourage and support translational research by individuals to achieve excellence in engineering, innovation and technology development. All areas of engineering, innovation and technology are covered by this fellowship. A Maximum of 10 Fellowships will be awarded per year. A meeting of the search -cum-Selection Expert Committee was held on Sept 25, 2017 at INAE Office, Gurgaon to select the first cut of nominations received for the subject Fellowship.

Annals of INAE

The soft copy of the Annals of the INAE Volume XIV, April 2017 containing the text of the lectures delivered by Life Time Contribution Awardees; newly elected Fellows of the Academy and INAE Young Engineer Awardees 2016 has been uploaded on INAE website under the Publications sub-head. The same can be downloaded from the link given below

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:
(b) Twitter handle link

All INAE Fellows are requested to visit and follow the above to increase the visibility of INAE in Social media.

Important Meetings held during September 2017

  • Meeting of Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE with Chairman, AICTE held on Sept 19, 2017 at AICTE Office, New Delhi to discuss the promotion and operation of the current AICTE –INAE Joint Schemes, viz., AICTE-INAE Travel Grant (TG) Scheme, AICTE-INAE Teachers Research Fellowship (TRF) Scheme and AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme
  • Meeting of Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE with Dr. R Chidambaram, PSA to GOI held on Sept 19, 2017to discuss Modalities of periodic interactions with the office of PSA for undertaking the joint activities by INAE
  • Meeting of Search-cum-Selection Expert Committee to select first cut of nominations for Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National fellowship held on Sept 25, 2017 at INAE Office, Gurgaon
  • Meeting of INAE Forum on Technology Foresight and Management held at Sept 28, 2017 at INAE Office, Gurgaon

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 a recent visit of an industry expert under this scheme are given below.

Mr S Madivaanan,
Formerly Additional Director, CVRDE
Velammal Engineering College, Chennai

August 7, 2017

Delivered lecture on “Defence weapon platforms based on Electro Magnetic Waves”. As per the feedback from college the industry expert has guided a project and the scheme provides an opportunity to faculty members and students to interact with industry experts.
Dr. Vithal Narasinha Kamat
Managing Director, Baroda Electric Meters Ltd.
Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat

August 22, 2017

Delivered lecture on “Project Development Methodologies”, “Project Management” and “Structured System Analysis and Design Method”. According to the feedback from the engineering college, the scheme is a highly beneficial scheme as interaction with industry expert can help enhance practical expertise of both the students and faculty members.
Dr Jayanta Kumar Saha
Deputy General Manager (Applications)
Institute for Steel Development & Growth
Indian Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Shibpur

August 29-30, 2017

Delivered lectures on “Conventional & Alternate Iron & Steel Making Part I and Part II”, ” Understanding Corrosion Protections” and “Drawing Coating Specifications wrt Codes & Standards” and guided projects. As per the feedback from the engineering college, the lectures by industry expert helped the students to co- relate the applications with theoretical knowledge.

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



Honours and Awards 


Mr Rakesh Bakshi, FNAE, CMD, RRB Energy Limited, New Delhi was conferred with “Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” by the Hon’ble President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 17 July 2017. The Award was bestowed upon him on 20 September 2017 at New Delhi by His Excellency, Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India.


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