IIChE President

President’s Message


It is nearly two years since the world has been battling Covid-19. But great uncertainties still remain as to whether there will be a Third Wave of the pandemic, and, if yes, whether it will be deadlier than the Second Wave. Amidst these uncertainties all around, what is certain is the fact that Covid-19 has wiped out decades of progress on all fronts – economy, education, healthcare, etc. This is particularly true for developing countries and poor countries. During the pandemic period, while a massive number of youth have lost their jobs, perhaps even a greater number of children have lost access to their education.

 

With its limited resources and means, IIChE has been earnestly doing its bit during this crisis period not only for the sustenance of the Institute but also to explore newer ways to fulfill its principal objective of supporting Chemical Engineering education and advancement of the profession through skill enhancement and meaningful training. At this critical juncture, our intent is to enhance the employability of the concerned community by alternative means of training and guidance.

 

The Online Students’ Internship Program (OSIP) for the under-graduate students of Chemical Engineering and allied fields was launched last year to create an alternative means for the students to stay connected to the academic milieu through virtual training as life had literally come to a standstill due to the prolonged lockdown during the pandemic. The OIP-21 (Online Internship Program) this year was equally successful. 

 

IIChE signed an MoU with Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Tumakuru in July 2021 for establishing a Risk Management Centre of Excellence (RMCoE) at Tumakuru, India. IIChE will be involved in matters of professional outreach for the RMCoE. Specifically, IIChE will focus on areas, such as effective curriculum delivery, research, development and policy advisory. Another collaboration of significant potential has been initiated between IIChE and Terra Green Technologies Private Ltd., Kolkata for offering Online Industrial Start-up Internship. Recently, in collaboration with Jadavpur University, the Institute has also made a new provision for accommodating a Research Intern.  A PhD scholar, attached to Jadavpur University, will be given a part-time Fellowship by IIChE.

 

In the midst of these new initiatives, we are keen on ensuring that the traditional programmes and projects of IIChE also continue unhindered. The 17th session of SCHEMCON is going to be organized on 22 and 23 October 2021 jointly by IISER, Bhopal and MANIT, Bhopal with the active support of the IIChE Headquarters. I presume, members already know about CHEMCON 2021, to be held during 27 – 30 December 2021. To be held in Bhubaneswar, CHEMCON 2021 is being organized by the Bhubaneswar Regional Centre of IIChE and CSIR-IMMT in association with ICT-IOC, Bhubaneswar.

 

Last but not the least; IIChE is gearing up for its Platinum Jubilee celebration in the year 2022. The celebration will begin with an international conference on Advances in Chemical and Material Sciences (ACMS-2022), scheduled to be held during 24 – 26 February 2022 in Kolkata.

 

Even though we are not yet out of the woods, it is time that with utmost caution and care, we picked up the pieces and got back to our life as we knew it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the worst is already over and together we will be out of the tunnel soon.

 Prof. M.K. Jha