Dear IIChE Members & Colleagues,
Season’s Greetings to all IIChE Members & Colleagues!
This will be my third address through the website and I really feel it as a great privilege and honour for me to be able to connect with you through President’s Corner.
I did try to share the history of the growth, strength and the vastness of this great institute. It has lived a glorious past, maintaining good health through decades. However, the challenges ahead are plenty in its path. It is but natural that in the present working system and in the new environment, even the Constitution needs fresh and new thoughts to keep pace with the present. In continuation of my previous piece, I would like to discuss about a few more challenges facing our Institute presently.
AMIIChE Examination: The institute has been conducting this examination twice a year during March and September for more than six decades and more effectively since 1960 onwards. It is meant for the practising industry personnel, who have diploma in Chemical Engineering It has been very popular among Chemical Engineering professionals in the country. Hundreds of candidates have passed in the past, who are now holding responsible positions in industries. The Controllers of Examination in the IIChE Council, who had executed this responsibility over the years, deserve all praise and appreciation for their dedicated and professional approach in smooth conduct of the examinations.
Increasing number of private coaching / training centres offering technical and management certificates courses in various disciplines are, however, posing direct and tough options challenges to the AMIIChE examinations on the one hand. On the other hand, a number of government departments questioning quality of courses, conducted by Institutes like us and thereby imposing various restrictions, are also posing hurdles. The details of facts and documents have been submitted to AICTE / MHRD and the ministry notifications are expected any time soon.
Financial & Administrative Management: With the growth of the Institute, the volume of financial complexities has also grown due to increase in number of regional centres and Students Chapters. The implications of GST, Income Tax liabilities, TDS on FDs and issues regarding exemptions on donations, received from individuals / Government / private companies, are some of the important matters that need serious attention in addition to that of timely submissions of audited reports from all the Regional Centres.
The manpower management at HQ / RCs with the changes happening on the digital front in matters related to Communications, Finance, Publications, Membership, Awards, SCHEMCON, and CHEMCON, etc., are creating lots of constraints towards new recruitments and balancing with the retirements.
Constitutional Amendments: The constitutional amendments are a necessity in every democratic system and it is more so when an institute has grown many times in its stature during the last seven decades.
The Election Process of IIChE, both at the national and the regional levels, needs reforms for attracting new faces from Academia, Industry, Government Departments, Research centres, etc. Many candidates are contesting elections at the Regional Centres as well as for the Council at the same time, which may not be very productive, and, hence, constitutional reforms are needed. A proper coordination is a must for smooth functioning of Students Chapters vs Regional centres vs National Council. Most of the jobs are done as honorary services from dedicated professionals all over the country, which need to be governed by ethical and moral standards in addition to the rules and regulations, laid down for a smooth functioning of the official machineries. Your suggestions in this regard are welcome.
Election process for the Regional Centres and the Council are over this year. SCHEMCON 2018 is scheduled to be held at ICT, Matunga, Mumbai during October 26, 27, 2018 and CHEMCON 2018 is scheduled to be held at Jalandhar during December 27 – 30, 2018. Hope, you all have your tickets booked for participation in these events. The Organizing Committee of both the events must have been doing the follow-ups for the Memorial / CDS lectures while also doing their best to host such big and important events for IIChE by making timely communications with the Delegates, Invitees, Awardees and certainly the likely Chief Guest and the Guests of honour for the occasion.
With one big festival (Ganpati), coming to an end and other festivals around the corner,
I convey my Best Wishes to you and your family.
With Kind and Warmest regards,
Prof. Vinay Kumar Srivastava
MGMCET, Kamothe, Navi Mumba