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
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
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:
Felicitation Cum Seminar
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-
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
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
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
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
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
ZMQ software system
for public health messages, especially HIV AIDS.
Gelecek Daha Net of
Turkey allowing youth to access mentoring, coaching, career counseling and skill
development approaches in one central location.
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
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.