In its endeavor to advance technology for the benefit of the society, the IEEE student branch of Malaviya National Institute of Technology organized a one-day International Seminar on December 22, 2016 at the college premises. The seminar themed "IEEE: Reach and Vision" aimed at bringing more people to the ambit of the organizations' vision of fostering technical innovation and excellence.
IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. With more than 4,20,000 members, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization with a presence in over 160 countries.
IEEE President Prof. Barry L.Shoop and IEEE Asia-Pacific Region (R10) Director Ramakrishna Kappagantu graced the occasion as guests of honour. Prof Shoop heads the Department of Electrical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Ramakrishna Kappagantu has over 30 years rich experience in Indian Power Sector viz NTPC Ltd and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
Director-In charge MNIT, Prof. Ravindra Nagar delivered the welcome address followed by keynote addresses from the guests of honour. Mr. Ramakrishna spoke about the activities and achievements of the region-10 of IEEE and congratulated the fraternity 50 years of its existence. He also shared his experiences from the various pilot smart grid projects in India that are being successfully executed under his supervision.
Prof. Shoop inaugurated the Industry Applications Society (IAS) chapter of the IEEE student branch of the institute.
Prof. Shoop delivered a talk on effective leadership in modern times and how one can learn even from bad or ineffective leaders. He stressed on the need for bringing innovation in the technical academic curriculum to facilitate disruption in the industry. The event was be concluded by a panel discussion that was moderated by Prof. Jyotirmay Mathur. The panel included equal representation from industry and academia. Mr. Chintan Bakshi, founder startup oasis, Mr. Yashraj Khaitan, founder, Grampower and Mr. Kamal Lamba, Genus power infrastructures represented the industry in the form of young entrepreneurs and established players respectively. Prof. Nagar spoke for the academia with Prof. Shoop and Mr. Kappagantu in the panel as well. The panel discussed how IEEE can support and engage with entrepreneurs and what were the practical challenges faced by them.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Rohit Bhakar.