All India Seminar in Guwahati

Report On Activities :

World Water Day:

World Water Day 2016 was celebrated with a day long programme in the Institution of Engineers (India), Assam State Centre. The inaugural session was presided over by Dr. A K Misra, Chairman of the Centre. Er. M Barkataki, Hony. Secretary, presented the welcome address and Er. Pulak Sarma, Organizing Secretary spoke in detail about the theme, “Water and Jobs”. The Meeting was graced by Shri Chaman Lal,Vice Chairman, Brahmaputra Board, Assam as the Chief Guest and Er. K G Debkrori FIE as the Keynote Speaker. Er. Debkrori, in his Keynote Speech on the theme “Water and Jobs” highlighted the salient features of water and water-related activities that can generate economic resources and pave the way for millions of jobs and indirect employment.

Two prestigious awards were presented in the function. Ms. Chayanika Das, the best engineering graduate of Gauhati University of 2015 was awarded Satyendra Sarma memorial award, while Ms. Dipanwita Bhattacharjyee, best Electrical Engineering graduate of Gauhati University of 2015 was awarded Gokul Chandra Goswami award by Shri Chaman Lal. A Souvenir cum Technical Volume was released on the occasion by Shri Chaman Lal, while the Quarterly News Letter was released by Er. K G Debkrori.

The inaugural session was followed by a technical session. Four Technical papers were presented in the session, which was chaired by Dr. A K Baruwa FIE and Co-chaired by Shri Niranjan Kakati. Interesting papers were presented by Mr. B C Patowary, Ex Scientist `F` & Head, NIH, Guwahati; Dr. B M Goswami; Er. P K Chakroborty FIE and Er. Bhabesh Mahanta.
A panel discussion was held in the afternoon and a few recommendations were chalked out after detail deliberations.


The basic objective of the seminar on the focal theme – ‘WATER AND JOBS’ - is for focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change and improve lives and livelihoods and even transform societies and economies. All the speakers recognized that critical relationships and essential linkages exist between the management of water and employment opportunities at all levels of development and water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social and human development and covered subject matters directly or indirectly on these aspects. Based on Technical Papers and presentations thereof and discussions followed, the following recommendations may be made:

  • Water and sanitation are to be placed as top issues and government and all stakeholders need to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to make water and sanitation an essential subjects to improve lives and livelihoods:

    • Sustainable water resources management, including Integrated Water Resources Management and ecosystem restoration and remediation in all sectors including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, energy, resource-intensive manufacturing, building, transport.

    • Building, operating and maintaining water infrastructure.

    • Provision of water related services including water supply, sanitation and wastewater management.

    • Increase of access to water in agricultural sector.

    • Promoting/nurturing innovations to the continuous improvement of water management with the related benefits to economic development and decent jobs.

    • Improvement of skills, qualities and capacities of human resources for successful performance of the water sectors.

    • Capacity enhancement for the sustainable use, adaptation and development of scientific and technological innovations.

    • Capacity development for building, operating and maintaining water infrastructure through community participation.

Felicitation Cum Seminar Meeting

After assuming charge as the President of the Institution of Engineers (India) on 20 December 2015 at Guwahati itself, the President of IEI Er. H C S Berry arrived at Guwahati on 23 April 2016 on a two-day visit to the City. The corporate members and staff of the Assam State Centre organised a Felicitation-cum-Seminar Meeting on 23 April 2016 at the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre of the Centre.

Dr. Arup Kumar Misra, Chairman of the State Centre welcomed the President and the guests to the meeting and narrated the memories this Centre has shared over the years with Er. Berry. The President was felicitated with traditional Assamese gamocha, bouquet and a tribal shawl by the members and staff of the Centre. Quite a few senior members spoke on the occasion.

To familiarise the President of a very noble and timely activity of the State Centre, the members of the “Startup Saturday” group were introduced to him and others present in the meeting.

Even as the startup culture has been witnessing its first boom in India, the smaller cities are yet to see the dawn of innovation and entrepreneurship. So, taking into consideration the location and demographic advantages of Assam, which is the gateway of Northeast, the idea for creating a startup culture was conceived; and, eventually Startup Assam was formed. It is the outcome of the endeavours of some thought leaders, industry veterans and entrepreneurs; but completely sponsored by the Assam State Centre of the IEI. Startup Assam bridges the gap between investors and entrepreneurs, mentors startups and encourages entrepreneurship in the region. It performs the following functions-

  • Organising events and workshops

  • Startup incubation

  • Consultancy services

Till now 10 events have been organized by Startup Assam and it was on 24th January, 2015 that ‘Startup Saturday Guwahati Talks’ was launched formally in Institution of Engineers building, Panbazar, Guwahati as a networking and mentoring platform. The basic objective behind this initiative is to facilitate a networking channel among the entrepreneurs, investors and mentors so as to boost the start-up ecosystem in the region. These events are attended by entrepreneurs, investors, financial experts, students, etc.

Er. Pankaj Gogoi, Er. Pranjal Konwar, Er. Farida and Er. Manash (all members of IEI) spoke n the occasion with colourful powerpoint presentations. Assam State Centre of IEI desires to become the first Centre in the country to initiate, promote and nourish such an entrepreneurial culture and set an example in the country.

President Er. Berry appreciated the initiative of these young professionals of the State and also applauded the State Centre for promoting such an unusual culture. He announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs. 50, 000.00 to the Startup Assam from his discretionary funds. He also requested the management of the IEI Assam State Centre to provide some space to this group of youngsters in their formative years.

Paper Meeting:

A Technical Presentation on “Fabric Formed Concrete Mattress System” was delivered by Mr John M Scales, President of Synthetex, Atlanta, USA on 24th April, 2016 at the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre of The Institution of Engineers (India), Assam state Center, Guwahati in the presence of an esteemed audience composed of senior Corporate members, representatives of the State Government departments and prominent technocrats of the city. President of IEI Shri H C S Berry was present in the event as the Chief Guest, while Shri Palak Patel from SKAPS Industries, Ahmedabad was also present as a guest of the Centre.

SKAPS Industries, an associate of Synthetex, are a leading manufacturer of global standing, manufacturing Woven & Non Woven Geo Textiles, HDPE Geo Nets & Geo Composites. This industry leader basically produces Non Woven Geo Textiles, Woven Geo Textile and Geo Bags in India for the use in the country in the fields of environmental applications like landfills, reservoir and pond linings, erosion control devices, etc. These geo textiles, geo composites and geo bags are also nowadays used in roads, pavers and railways.

Mr. Scales, during his interesting and colourful presentation explained how these products have been increasingly been accepted by the Indian States including Assam since 2005. He mentioned that they are launching a new product range of concrete foam Geosynthetics (polyester woven foam fabric) for Asian market. This product range named SKAPS HYDROTEX and SKAPS HYDROCAST will be domestically produced with global quality standards. The product is highly suitable for various geotechnical applications like inland water ways, River bank Protection, ports and jetties so its applicability for projects in North East region.

IEI President Shri Berry, Assam State Centre Chairman Dr. Arup Kumar Misra, Past Chairman Er. A K Mitra also spoke on the occasion. Er. Mahesh Barkataki, Hony. Secretary of the Centre proposed the Vote of Thanks and facilitated the interaction with the experts.

World Telecommunication & Information Society Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day- 2016 was celebrated at Assam State Centre of the Institution of Engineers (India) with an Inaugural Meeting and a Technical Seminar on 17th May, 2015 on the theme- “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”. The meeting was chaired by Er. P Adhikari, Immediate Past Chairman of the Assam State Centre, while Welcome Address was given by Er. Amitava Nath, Org. Secy of the Centre. The proceedings got underway through lighting of the Ceremonial Lamp by the guests and distinguished personalities. Message of the Secretary General, International Telecom Union was read out by Er. Satyajyoti Nath, Corporate Member of E&T division of the State Centre. Shri M K Seth, CGMT, Assam Telecom Circle of BSNL was the Chief Guest of the function. He spoke on various aspects related to the theme, especially emergence of new technologies to reduce drudgery, narrow down digital divide and bridge the communication barriers. Shri Seth elaborated the developmental activities of Assam Telecom Circle, BSNL. Shri Naba Kishore Singha, Head RF (Q &O), Assam and NE Network Operations (Vodafone) delivered Key Note Address covering technical issues related to the theme ICT Entrepreneurship for Social impact. He explained the ICT ecosystem, value chain enabler and some notable ICT entrepreneur initiatives for social cause; such as

  1. ZMQ software system for public health messages, especially HIV AIDS.

  2. Gelecek Daha Net of Turkey allowing youth to access mentoring, coaching, career counseling and skill development approaches in one central location.

  3. Glowork software for integrating Saudi Arabian women into the workforce through recruitment, technology customization, public awareness campaigns and policy changes.

The Technical Session on the focal theme was chaired by Dr. T Bezbaruah, Prof. and HOD of Electronics and Communication Technology Department, Gauhati University. Technical papers were submitted by Dr. Anup Bordoloi, Asso. Prof. and HOD, CSE Dept., USTM, Meghalaya; Shri Bikramjit Goswami, Asst. Prof, ADBU, Azara and students of local Engineering Institutions and Universities.

Er. P Adhikari summed up the deliberations in his concluding speech as Chairman. Vote of thanks was offered by Er. M Barkataki, Hony Secretary of Assam State Centre of IEI. The meeting was well attended by the students of Engineering colleges, professionals, faculties of Engineering Colleges, Corporate Members, Past Chairmen and Hony. Secretaries of IEI Assam State Centre, distinguished guests, print and electronic media reporters. The celebration of this important day with a relevant focal theme was a grand success.

World Environment Day

On the occasion of the World Environment Day 2016 on 5 June, two programmes were organized by IEI, ASC. The first program was organized in collaboration with Aaranyak, a premier bio-diversity conservation organization in the Northeast in the premises of the 4th Assam Police Battalion, Kahilipara. All dignitaries and jawans started the auspicious day with mass tree plantation drive in and around Kahilipara campus. It was followed by an awareness program at the auditorium of the 4th Assam Police Battalion, which was widely attended by over 200 jawans and other invited guest.

All participants also took a Green Oath in the programme. The policemen were addressed by one of their senior officers, Shri Partha Sarathi Mahanta, SP (Security) of Assam police and pointed out how forest cover in Assam and Northeast were fast dwindling posing threat to survival of wildlife. The Meeting was graced by many other senior members of IEI. It was presided over by Shri P. Adhikari, Immediate Past Chairman of ASC, Shri M Barkataki, Hony. Secretary, Dr. P K Mahanta, Jt. Hony. Secretary, besides Dr. Bibhab Talukdar and his colleagues from Aaranyak.

In the evening, a very impressive and informative lecture was presented by Dr. Bibhab Kr. Talukdar in front of a large section of the members of the IEI on “Illegal Trade of Wild Life’’ in the Golden Jubilee Lecture Hall, which was chaired by Dr. Arup Kumar Misra, Chairman of IEI, Assam State Centre. Er. Mahesh Barkataki MIE, Hony. Secretary of the centre offered vote of thanks to the participants on behalf of the organizers. Chairman Dr. Misra summed up the interactive session and highlighted the issues pertaining to illegal trade in wildlife, gradually increasing poaching and trading threats, and inter-border trafficking of parts and organs of rare wildlife species. Many senior corporate members took part in the deliberations that followed the formal presentations.



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