I begin this column with my gratitude to the IIChE Members, particularly to the Council of IIChE, for electing me as the President of this august Institute. I am confident that with the active support of my colleagues at the Council as well as with valuable advice of the Senior Members of IIChE, I will be able to address all my obligations as President judiciously.
Student Welfare: Presently, IIChE has as many as 157 Student Chapters at Engineering Institutes, Colleges and Universities. For me, the priority would be to concentrate on these Student Chapters in order to reach out to the students and provide meaningful guidance to them to shape their career. Our Student Chapters should make use of social media, i.e., Face Book, Whatsapp,, Youtube, etc., to reach out to the student community. I would also request all the Regional Centres of IIChE to get involved more actively with the Student Chapters and lend all-out support to them.
Dynamic Regional Centres: Regional Centres are the most indispensable unit of IIChE. It is largely through the 41 Regional Centres that IIChE can realise its ideals and objectives. As regards engineering education in our country, there has been a wide gap between academic courses and industry requirements creating a serious problem of unemployability of engineering graduates. For Chemical Engineering and its allied areas, IIChE is ideally suited to address this gap. In its last meeting in March 2019, the IIChE Council has deliberated on the possibilities of various Regional Centres organising training courses on issues, such as, Process Plant Safety, Pollution Control, Cost Estimation, Six Sigma program, etc., for industry personnel in lieu of a lump sum fee. This initiative will hopefully take a concrete shape in the near future.
Development and Resource Generation: IIChE, as a non-profit and autonomous organisation, needs constant drive for resource generation to sustain its activities. To a great extent, it is through its Individual and Organisational Members that the Institute pursues its diverse activities. However, due to a number of external factors largely beyond our control, of late the Institute has been undergoing financially trying times. Keeping this exigency in mind, I request our Members to make an effort individually and motivate fellow Chemical Engineers, who are their friends, colleagues, students, etc., in industry and academia to join the IIChE fold as Members. Equally important would be to have a greater numbers of Organisational Members to join IIChE. I sincerely hope that fellow IIChE Members and my colleagues at the Council would make a sincere effort on this account as well.
IIChE has been through phases of ups and downs in the past. Nevertheless, through its inner resilience and with dedication of its Members and associates, the Institute has sustained itself all through. I am confident that with collective effort of the Members, headquarters staff and well wishers, IIChE will tide over the present challenges as well and emerge stronger with a new road map.
S V Satyanarayana