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Message from Chairman, IEEE Madras Section – Dr. M A Atmanand

We had the visit of R10 Director Dr. Kukjin Chun from Seoul National University this month, which really brought our Section to the main focus. It was welcoming that Dr. Kukjin chose to visit IEEE Madras when he had the choice of visiting many other Sections. Mr. Harish Mysore, Director, IEEE India Operations joined him during this visit. In his short trip of one day, he was keen in visiting a student branch. He was taken to SSN College of Engineering by the Vice Chairman Mr. H.R. Mohan where he had an interactive session with the student and professional members. He then visited the Section office and also had a meeting with the

execom members of the IEEE Madras Section in the evening and reviewed the operations of the Section.

One of the facts which I would like to highlight is the need to have quality events under our Section. Of late there is a tendency for faculty in colleges to start chapters of various societies with the minimum number of members. It is true that one can do it as per rule. But the society should grow and not remain with the college. By society, it is meant that a particular area of engineering which it represents would grow by having peers in that area. It is also not fair to take up multiple societies in which one has not worked at all, just for the sake of staring a new society. These are not matter of rules of IEEE but a matter of one’s own choice. For example, a person who has been working in the area of control system may not take up starting a society on industrial electronics or such other areas in which he or she is not working. It is only a matter of self-discipline and not a matter of rule created by IEEE. This has led to mushrooming of societies with little or no interest among members and with limited activities confined to a limited geographical area and sometimes within the institute itself. When the faculty who started the same leaves and proceeds to another city, the society has a natural death as it is not based on peer interest group. He or she then goes to the new geographic area and starts all over again. Hence I request that new societies may be started based on real interest and with members from other institutions too and not restricted to one or two institutions.

Similarly as indicated earlier, the student branch revamping is in its last phase. Dr. Elangovan and Mr. Mohan have been doing a good job in this. I am sure the revamped student branches will really be active and vibrant and will not go to the background. I request the branch counselors to be on their toes to keep up the momentum.

We have come to the end of academics for the final year students, with many already taking up lucrative jobs. My request to them would be to continue their IEEE membership as professionals so that they can benefit in their career by the various initiatives of IEEE.

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