A 3-day technical summit ‘ELEKTRA 2019’ was held at College of Engineering Munnar from 5-7 April 2019. The event was coordinated by the Department of EEE in association with IEEE PES & IAS SB chapters of College of Engineering  Munnar.

The event was co-sponsored by IA/IE/PEL Jt.chapter Kerala. The event was inaugurated on 5th April, by Mr. Jabir Mudambra, Electrical inspector, Idukki District. Mr. Jabir Mudambra talked about the advancements in electrical engineering in modern days in his inaugural address. It was followed by a technical session by himself on the topic ‘Electrical Safety’. The technical session was followed by an ice-breaking session which made the delegates more comfortable and relaxed. The programs of the first day ended up with a campfire in the evening followed by the dinner.  The proceedings of the second day started with an industrial visit to Solar Powered Microgrid, Marayoor and Hydro-Electric Power Station, Mattupetty.

The delegates were shown the operations of the plants and control rooms by the staff. There were 2 parallel workshops scheduled in the afternoon from 1.30 PM to 5.00 PM. The workshops were Installation of Solar PV systems and Blockchain. The workshops were handled by experts from the respective fields. It was followed by a session on the topic ‘Battery Designing and Management in Industrial Area’ By Er. Ani Thomas, Area Manager, Exide Industries Limited. Cultural programs were presented by both external and internal delegates in the evening. The second day ended with a dinner thereafter. The third-day programs started with a sunrise trekking.  It was one of the major attractions of the event and made the joy of the delegates at its peak. The trekking was followed by a session on ‘Entrepreneurship’ by Er. Sonia Mohandas, CEO, Waferchips techno solutions. There was another technical interacting session on the topic of Artificial intelligence in IoT taken by Er. Archu S Vijay, CTO, Waferchips techno solutions. The last session was a technical talk on ‘Basics of Control and Protection of Power System’ by Dr. Krishna Kumar, Assistant Engineer, KSEB. The delegates were given basic awareness of power system protection during the session. It was followed by the Valedictory function and feedback session. The 3-day program ended up with lunch and a photo session. 

102 delegates from various engineering colleges across Kerala attended the program.
Number of IEEE members: 58
Number of Non-IEEE members: 44

The 3-day technology summit received appreciations from all delegates in terms of the quality of the various sessions, industrial visit, trekking, internship drive and the conduct of the event. The IEEE members and volunteers of SB Chapter were immensely satisfied in the way the event was organized, and it is decided to conduct the program in the future also.