With the festive season around, I begin this column with greetings to my colleagues in the Council and to all the IIChE Members, wishing them happiness and prosperity. As far as IIChE is concerned, we have a busy schedule ahead with the impending SCHEMCON and then CHEMCON, the two most important events in the calendar of the Institute.
SCHEMCON or Students’ CHEMCON is, in fact, round the corner, to be held on 17 and 18 October 2019. It will be organized by the IIChE Students Chapter at Shroff S.R. Rotary Institute of Chemical Technology (SRICT), Bharuch. I am confident that like all the previous occasions, this year’s SCHEMCON will witness enthusiastic participation of a large number of students. Those interested to attend SCHEMCON, please visit the website www.schemcon2019srict.com for details.
Our Members must be aware that the 72nd Annual Session of IIChE, CHEMCON 2019, is going to be held during 16 – 19 December 2019 in New Delhi, being organized by Northern Regional Centre in association with the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT, Delhi along with international partners. This year’s central theme for CHEMCON is ‘Advances in Chemical Engineering for Industrial Applications’. Keeping with the tradition, academic luminaries from India and abroad, industry bigwigs and technocrats of top order will grace the occasion. CHEMCON continues to be the biggest congregation of Chemical Engineering fraternity in India. It will be the most opportune ground for our Members and other participants in general to network with fellow professionals. If not done already, please chalk out your plans for attending CHEMCON. All the details are available on www.chemcon19.com.
Recently, the IIChE headquarters in Kolkata held a very productive workshop on ‘Recent Advances in Distillation Column’ on 30 and 31 August, 2019. I really appreciate the efforts of all the Council Members for making the programme a grand success. The Trivandrum Regional Centre, also hosted a fruitful national Seminar on ‘Manufacturing Trends in Electrochemical Energy Systems’ on 21 September 2019. In a recent AICTE Council meeting, Dr. A.D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, in principle, agreed to provide financial support to the skill development programmes, organized by the professional societies. On this account, I request all the Council Members to plan such skill development programmes either at the head quarters or at any of the Regional Centres.
All said and done, IIChE is a non-profit organization. Hence, at the end of the day, the Institute needs active support of industry houses, academic and research organizations and indeed the individual members for its effective and meaningful sustenance. I request all our Members to take the initiative to bring in more and more Members – Individual and Organizations – to the IIChE family. Of late, in fact, such initiatives have been forthcoming from some of our Members. I am optimistic that involvement of IIChE Members across the board will grow even further in days to come to ensure that the Institute’s stature rises even further.
S V Satyanarayana