Greetings from the IIChE for the year 2017

At the outset, I like to convey my regards and thanks to all concerned for giving me an opportunity to render my service as President of our beloved Institute. I can assure of my best efforts for fostering the growth of the Institute with the help and co-operation from the Council members for the year.

Our Instiute, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, is going to complete its 70 years of journey in the month of May. Let us take a stock of our performance. We have at the moment 40 Regional Centres and 144 Students’ Chapters through out the country and the activities of the institute are being carried out by all for fostering the growth of the Institute. The Institute has about 28,000 members on the roll at the moment. In order to streamline the process of enrolment of membersip, the necessary software has been developed and the membership application form can now be submitted on-line. Please visit our website for details.

It is good news that our organ, Indian Chemical Engineer, is now regularly published by Taylor & Francis and is considered as an international journal containing quality research articles.

I believe the members are receiving the Newsletter, being published quarterly for the last couple of years. In issues 2 and 3 of the Newsletter for the year 2016, the list of the institutions offering Chemical Engineering degree has been published. Also, articles on Safety Tips and on Distillation Column Designing have been published. We welcome suggestion(s) for improvement of quality of the Newsletter.

The Institute has been conducting Associate Membership examination to upgrade skill of the working B.Sc. Graduates and also to consider them equivalent to graduate chemical engineers. The Council of the Institute is considering revision of the curricula and syllabi for the said examination. The IIChE since 2015 has joined hands with FICCI for developing skill and human resources in Chemical and Petrochemical sectors under ‘Chemical and Petrochemical Sector Skill Council (CPSSC), Government of India’, a public private initiative. Also, FICCI is rendering support for organizing CHEMCON while IIChE is partnering FICCI to hold events, such as, Chemtech and India Expo.

The Institute is gearing up its Regional Centres for having the ‘Industrial Polyclinic’ in order to render technical services by the experts and we do believe it will help the small- and medium- scale industries to solve their problems satisfactorily. As you know, every year the Institute recognizes outstanding performances of the academia, industry and R&D personnel as well as of the UG and PG students by bestowing upon them the Awards. From this year, one new Award, ‘Jubilant Organosys Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Area of Chemical Process Design‘, has been added to the list.

The institute is maintaining fraternal relationship with IChemE (UK) and AIChE. This year we are going to sign an MoU with Candian Society for Chemical Engineering. We are members of ‘World Chemical Engineering Council’, ‘Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE)’ and also of Engineering Council of India (ECI). We feel pleasure to inform you that our immediate Past President, Mr. Shyam Bang, has assumed the office of Chairman for a period of 2 years of National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (Part of QCI), an autonomous body of Government of India. We have representation in different sub-committees of Bureau of Indian Standards. We are also trying to have our representative(s) in different government bodies. However, it is a matter of great regret to mention that we have not been able to reach to even 20% of the professionals in the area of Chemical Engineering and allied technology. I humbly appeal to all to enrol themselves as Member of their professional society and also percolate my appeal to his/her friends and colleagues to be associated with the institute. Also, we have to work in unity to bring most of the industry houses, academic institutions and R&D organizations under the umbrella of the Institute. The publisher of our journal Taylor & Francis, as per agreement, is sending communication through Email occasionally to our members requesting them to register for on-line access to the journal but the response is very poor. I would take this opportunity to make a request to our members to kindly register themselves. It is my apprehension that the members are not receiving such communication, may be due to wrong Email ID lying with the IIChE head office. I earnestly appeal to the members to forward their correct Email IDs to the head quarters at the earliest opportunity. The Email IDs would also help to make on-line voting for the election of your representive(s) to the Council a success.

Prof. P De

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