IEEE India Bulletin Vol. 9 No. 3 March 1999
This electronic version of the IEEE India Bulletin is an adaptation
of the official, printed newsletter. This adaptation has required some
minor modifications and restructuring of the original text, to suit its
viewing as a webpage.
This issue of the Bulletin is sponsored
by Calcutta Section of IEEE
Chairman's Message ||
Pagemaster Calling !
|| First India Council Committee meeting
Appeal from IAS Area Chair
|| IBTI-99 Conference announcement
|| Coming soon
Technologies developed in electronics
|| ICPWC Conference report
|| Wise and unwise
|| Technology Corner ||
Professionalism & Role Models
The growth of professionalism in any field requires progress
directions. We have to begin with excellence in both education and
research & development at the Universities and other institutions
of higher learning. There have to be vibrant platforms, like the
one provided by IEEE, for exchange of ideas and for promoting vigorous
discussion on technical issues. And all the various strands must finally
lead to good products, in which the designer and his company can take
As we move towards the next millennium, we the engineers in India, must
progress from being intelligent users of technology towards effective
contributors to the totality of knowledge in our field as well as to the
products in the market place. While we already have success stories in
the development of software for the whole world by Indian engineers,
greater stories of success are about products from Taiwan, Hong-Kong,
China and Korea, even if the older developed world of Europe, North
America and Japan are left out. And we must join to these success
stories, some of our own.
But can you develop excellent products without great engineers and
enterprises with confidence in their capability ?
Can you have innovative products without the backing of strong
research and development ?
When the exodus of young men, every year, from our top-rated technical
institutions is towards finance and marketing, if not administration,
can you hope to attract and retain brilliant young minds in product design?
For this purpose, we shall have to create an environment where the young
are willing to slog for better product design. An important component
of inputs required for the creation of such an environment is
the presence of Role models, whom one may want to emulate.
ROLE MODELS : I believe that whereas successful engineers, as role models
for the young are required in any society, they are needed even more in
ours. It is because most of our bright young men step out of their
highly supportive home environment, for the first time, when they join
our engineering colleges and universities.
One way of recognizing great engineers in our field is to look for those
who have been honoured by IEEE for their contributions.
IEEE FELLOWS: IEEE has the worlds most extensive and highly
prestigious program for Award of Fellowships. I am happy to report that,
two engineers working at I.I.Sc. Bangalore and T.I.F.R. Bombay, have
been awarded IEEE Fellowships in 1999.
It is a matter of pride for the whole of our profession, when some of us
receive this high distinction.
I consider the task of recognition of excellence as an essential part
of a system which aims at fostering excellence. It is therefore,
an important duty of professional associations.
Moreover, the two IEEE Fellows of 1999, along with our previous Fellows,
constitute well recognized Role Models for the young in India.
It is in this spirit that I have requested Professor V.K. Damodaran to
publish the views of our Fellows on the issues facing the
I hope to get them published very soon and also that all of us would find
these interviews to be interesting and valuable.
1st Feb. 1999
|Dr. A. K. Aggarwal
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Happy Birthday !
One year ago, the IEEE India Council launched its own webpages. This gave the world an opportunity to know more about our activities and achievements. We were amongst the first to use the then new Entity Web Hosting service provided by IEEE HQ. The actual preparations for these pages took two months, when a lot of testing and reviews was done behind the scenes, before the public launch. And, ever since, the webpages have been constantly updated and maintained. However, no creation is perfect. These webpages can be made more useful, interesting, and factually correct. And that can be achieved only with YOUR feedback and suggestions. Please spend a few minutes, at least today, and send us some constructive criticism of these webpages.
Give yourself and the India Council a birthday gift, today !
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|FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING OF 1999 IEEE INDIA COUNCIL
The first IEEE IC Committee meeting Of 1999 was held at the office of
the Hyderabad Section on 22 January 1999.
The IC meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Section EXECOM. Dr. A.K.
Aggarwal, the IC Chairman was an observer to part of the EXECOM
meeting. After the meeting, he conveyed his BEST WISHES to the new
office bearers. He also complimented the EXECOM members on the keen
interest that the members were taking in technical discussions.
Thereafter the Chairman invited all the EXECOM members to join the IC
Committee meeting .
At the Committee meeting, the Chairman complimented Prof V.K.
Damodaran for making the publication of the IC Bulletin regular. He
also praised the contribution of Dr. Parthasarathy, the Page master for
IC. Dr. R.K. Bagga, the past Chairman of IC, mentioned that the
membership of IEEE in India has reached 10,000.
Shri N.V. Rao, the past Secretary- Treasurer of IC, presented the
audited Statement of Account, which was then approved unanimously.
Program planning for 1999:
It was decided that IC would help our Sections or Chapters
successfully bid for International Conferences by actively working for
all those cases, wherever the Section or Chapter asks for help.
It was also decided that Sections may be asked to bid for ACE-2000 and
ACE-2001 at the April 99 meeting of IC to be held along with the Region
10 Committee meeting on April 23-24, 1999.
The Chairman informed that the hosts for ACE-99, the Kerala
Section, would shortly inform about the dates for ACE-99.
Other suggestions: The Chairman asked the members about their
suggestions about what IC should take up immediately in 1999.
There was an interesting discussion in which Prof. Pardesi Rao said
that IEEE publications should be received in bulk in India and then posted
from here for Indian Members in the interest of faster delivery.
At the end, the Chairman thanked all IC members and the Hyderabad
Section for enabling smooth conduct of the meeting.
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|INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: IBTI - 99
14-15 April 99 organisers:
INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT
IEEE, CALCUTTA SECTION
An International Conference on INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS THROUGH INTERNET
(IBTI -99) is organised by IEM, Calcutta and IEEE Calcutta Section
jointly on 14th and 15th April 99 at the Science City, Calcutta. The idea
of the International Conference is to dissipate the knowledge & technique
of uses of Internet for enhancing business globally.
Prof. Satyasadhan Chakraborthy will inaugurate the International
Conference. Dr. Charles Rubenstein of IEEE, New York, U S A will be
Chairman of Technical Committee, Dr. A. K. Aggarwal, IEEE India Council
Chairman, will be the Chairman of the Organising Committee and Mr. F. C.
Kohli, Chairman, Tata Consultancy will give the key-note address.
Technocrats of International repute in the field of Web Technology and
Internet will take tutorial classes to discuss ways and means to utilise
the Internet for enhancing import, export & home market business through
the intelligent use of Internet.
The participants in the conference will include amongst other, exporters,
importers, professionals, manufacturers and research works. It is expected
that the participants will be immensely benefitted from the conference.
A circular letter detailing the various aspects of the conference is
attached. You are cordially invited to participate in the International
Conference and also invited to contribute Technical and Business papers
for the subject which will be read in the Conference and published.
IBTI-99 calls upon the businessmen, scientists and professionals from
industries as well as from academic institutions to take advantage of this
International Seminar by:
The Conference elicits papers on the following and related topics
- Submitting paper.
- Giving a proposal for tutorials.
- Taking manufacturers presentation slots. (Book your time slot now. The rate is Rs.5000/- (US$150) for 30 minutes slot.
- Registering or sponsoring delegates.
- Sponsoring various activities of the Seminar and Exhibition.
Deadline: 25 March 1999
- Use of Internet in the fild of Import Business.
- Use of Internet for enhancing Export Potenital.
- Use of Internet for enhancing Home Market.
- Use Internet for enhancing Home Market.
- Use of Internet for nehancing the Technology.
Prof. P. K. Mukherjee
Dept. of Computer Engineering
Institute of Engineering & Management
120 S D F Bldg, Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Calcutta - 700 091
Ph: 91-33-334 2321 Fax: 357 83 02
e - mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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FORTH COMING ISSUES WILL COVER
Well considered view points on
Role of technologies and
Professional Societies like IEEE
in the next millennium from
announcement in the next issue:
ACE - 99
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(on Technologies developed in Electronics)
2 & 3, February 1999
Aerospace & Electronic Systems, Communications
Lasers & Electro-Optics Society Chapter, India
During the above most successful exposition, the Honble Shri.
Jagmohan, Minister of Communications released the following New Software .
Participants in Bangalore also participated via Video Conferencing link
through INSAT designed and developed by STPI. It is first of its kind,
which was also inaugurated by the Honble Minister.
The Technology Sessions on Information Technology, Strategic
Electronics, Communications, Micro-Electronics & Photonics, Technology
Development Programmes of DoE, Material & Components and Panel Discussions
on Indigenous Technology Development for Improving the Global
Competitiveness of the Electronics & IT Sector in India were well
- Multimail - Developed by
- Leap Office Ver.2.0 - Developed by
- Communication Co - Developed by
Processor Chip C-DAC, Pune
- CD on Bilingual Hindi Dictionary - Developed by
(A unique software of English to Hindi Dictionary having one
The exhibition has shown tremendous potential and created the impact
both within and outside in terms of awareness and availability of
During the concluding session Secretary, DoE has kindly agreed for
holding the event annually and the creation of New Business
Development Division for the speedy known how technology transfer, its
commercialisation and dissemination of the information to public at large.
We were also able to transfer the following technologies to
the industry for its full commercial exploitation:
- Micro Remote Terminal Unit by ERDC Trivandrum to M/s Micromax System
- Versatile Color Sensor by ERDC Triv. to M/s ECIL Hyderabad.
- Integrated Receiver Decoder System by CEERI, Pilani to M/s Nanak
Antenna, New Delhi.
The following technology transfer has been discussed in details and it
is expected that these transfer will take place shortly:
- Integrated Multichannel Electronic Choke.
Indicator for Tractor driven seed drills,Rice Polish Measurements Systems, Soil Nutrients Estimation
System, and other Agriculture Products developed by JNKVV, Jabalpur to M/s
Automation Intermation, FABCO India,
Reliance Electronics and Sh. Harjeet Singh, Delhi.
- Superior Piezo Ceramic Acoustic Transducer for under water
applications developed by IIT Delhi to CEL Sahibabad with Navy as user.
- DDG (Engg.), ICARI has placed prototype order for 25 nos. for
Agriculture products on developing institute JNKVV, Jabalpur itself.
Society Chapter INDIA.
Dr.Ram Gopal Gupta
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|REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: ICPWC
IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems, Communications and Lasers &
Electro-Optics, Society Chapter, India successfully held the 1999 IEEE
International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications at Jaipur
during February 17-19, 1999. The response was overwhelming. 187
participants from 21 countries attended.
At the inaugural session of ICPWC
There were 24 technical sessions with 101 papers, 4 exclusive tutorials
and the Plenary and Panel discussion sessions during the Conference.
The Plenary session was Chaired by Shri P.S. Saran, Member, Telecom
Commission, Govt. of India. Nearly 90% of the technical papers were
presented. This is an incredible achievement. To encourage
participation from the semi-urban and rural areas of India, 38
complimentary registrations were granted to the colleges and universities
around Jaipur. This it is expected will also ensure that the technical
activities of IEEE and the Chapter are known in the area around
Jaipur. 15 complimentary copies of the proceedings and tutorials
notes were given to volunteer students from the local
engineering colleges who helped organize and ensure the smooth running
of the Conference. 200 copies of the proceedings are being shipped to
IEEE HQ for wider circulation throughout the world.
IEEE-AES-COM-LEO Society Chapter
Dr. Ram Gopal Gupta
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Fostering growth is not easy, it needs competence, caring, objectivity,
capacity to let go, and a whole list of superlative qualities in the bosses.
It's no longer just the principle of the thing. It's the interest.
The shortest distance between two points depends on who is giving directions.
Bad news travels fast. Good news takes the scenic route.
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Solar, the Saviour?
The Sun provides enough power in 44 minutes to satisfy the entire planets
power needs for a year. How to tap it? Breakthroughs in the form of very
novel innovations are already tested. A solar plant has started
functioning in Crete which produces 35 kW of power, although the mirror
assembly is large enough to produce 100 kW. A gas turbine engine is
introduced into the receiver which tracks the focal point of the rays
throughout the day. The system sucks in air, pulling it over a ceramic
material that has been heated by the suns concentrated rays to 800 deg. C.
This heated air is used by the gas turbine to produce electricity. This
plant costs nearly Rs 68 lakhs. (Source: VATIS update on NCE, APCTT)
Coconut Oil for Diesel engines
A breakthrough discovery which enables the use of coconut oil in diesel and
petrol engines is reported from Bolton Institute in UK. An engineering
student by name Mr. Mikaele Drue, who made this invention has extracted the
oil from coconut flesh without producing much of toxic sulphur, unlike in
the traditional copra drying process. (Source: News Digest)
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Speech Intelligent Hearing
Some would claim that hearing aid have an image problem. Too bulky for
many users, they are also often useless in noisy environments. Such
worries are now over - thanks to PRISMA, a fully digital, computer-based,
hearing aid system from Siemens. Fitted with a microchip, the tiny device
improves hearing by up to 80 percent and also boasts speech intelligence:
it can distinguish speech from loud ambient noise. Moreover, with a chip
measuring just 3x4 millimeters (0.12x0.16 inches), PRISMA is virtually
invisible when worn.
Barge - Mounted Power Plants
CMS Energy of the U S A and Engineering Power Systems (EPS) of Canada have
formed a joint venture to develop, finance, construct, own and operate
barge-mounted power plants throughout the world. The first project for the
joint venture will be located in India. The contract is for a 212 MW barge
mounted power project destined for Andhra Pradesh. In addition to
generating electricity, the barge also contains a fresh-water production
plant. Using reverse osmosis, this desalination system can produce up to
one million gallons of drinkable water per day.
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WE are members of IEEE and have formed a Robotics Club of India to create
a high technology base in India. Robotics Club is a hobby club belonging
to students, teachers, research scientists and engineers. We will like to
hold a regular meeting of the members every six month. Our activity is
fun and education at the same time. Laser sensors, opto-electronics,
laser communication, CCD imaging, holographic vision, image recognition,
color sensitive eye, precision servo and stepper motor control, laser
encoders of speeds, displacement, level, vibration, sound and smell,
artificaial photo-stimulated memories and learning systems form some of the
very interesting topics of the current science.
We will also organize Robotics competitions every year and will award
prizes for best entries. We will also participate in similar
international competitions. Club will help any who is interested in
building his/her own small or big Robot. Short Robotics training programs
are also planned in all major cities of India such that young people will
get exposed to the high technology at a very early stage of their life. We
have an excellent Robotics Store where thousands of Robotics items are
stored and made available for the members to purchase them. A new list of
the items will also be made available to the members every year. We are
bringing out a Robotics News Letter which will be mailed to the Robotics
Club members every 3 months right now and on a later date it will be
circulated every month.
We are looking for generous contribution from IEEE members and others who
wish to contribute in any form to help us in running this Club. We also
accept help in the development of high technology Robotics items in the
areas of Mechatronics, Electronics, Sensors, Software and other related
areas to Robotics.
We will have our own web site soon. For membership application form please
write to Dr. Shyam Sunder Tiwari at the following address. Membership fee
is Rs. 500 per person per year and Rs. 5000 for life membership. A
national seminar on Robotics will be held at Gwalior in the year 2000 for
which exact dates will be announced soon.
Shyam Sunder Tiwari, Ph. D.
President, Robotics Club of India (RCI)
AM 51, Deen Dayal Nagar,
Gwalior, MP 474020, India
Ph. 0751 - 470 680
Fax: +91 - (0) 751-470864
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|AN APPEAL FROM IAS AREA CHAIR
In my capacity as the IAS Area Chair for Region 10 (West), and as Chair of the Faraday Lecture (FL) Committee, I am trying to search and shortlist suitable eminent persons to give the 1999 Faraday Lecture at IEEE Hyderabad Section. Taking advantage of the lecturer, we want to request him to give tutorials and lectures at a few Chapters and Sections in India.
We have identified some names from the IEEE IAS and PES DLs list. Our preference is for those who can give application-oriented (tutorial type) information.
I request you to give your choice of names (with e mail addresses if known) and country of the experts especially from Neural Networks, Fuzzy logic and Power Electronics fields.
For the above purpose, I and the Faraday Lecture Committee would be thankful to receive your valuable inputs.
Hyderabad, 19 Feb. 1999
e mail: email@example.com
Footnote from the Pagemaster: Details of earlier Faraday Memorial Lectures can be found at
the homepage of IEEE Hyderabad Section.
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I am getting messages which indicate that, lot of technical activities are
being conducted at almost all the Sections in India. Yet, many office
bearers do not consider them worthy of publication, for fear of being
stamped as publicity conscious. These reports actually serve to act as
models to be emulated, as also as an indication of the latest in
technological avenues that are worth following. Thus it is a service to our
fellow members and sister sections and chapters. So, why not report them?
Wish me better luck next time on my waiting for reports.
01 Aug. 1998
|Prof. V K Damodaran
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