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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear IIChE Members & Colleagues,

My Season’s Greetings to all of you in all your endeavors. It is indeed a great pleasure for me to address all the fellow chemical engineers through this IIChE website. Often, my experience goes that we do lot of things during our long professional careers but the nature of jobs does not call for documenting all those important contributions that one has done in the field of chemical engineering. The nature of science explains that we must try to gradually keep on writing those experiences in the form of reports, papers, manuals and also brief review articles in regular intervals from time to time. It certainly will update the contents of various books, encyclopedia and handbooks already documented by many engineers and scientists in the past.

From my experience in my professional career as a nuclear chemical engineer, I wish that every periodicals and journals referred should be a special issue and permanent asset in one’s home, college or institute libraries. These can certainly be put in two main categories such as basics and the industrial experiences from those involved in the field of research and the working professionals. The present era calls for a new transform in the field of chemical engineering teaching. The patrons of curriculum or program-based teachings on the set syllabus in the colleges and institutions are now tilting towards project/problem-based teaching. This is nothing but a kind of synergy of few other branches of engineering along with the main core chemical engineering subjects. In the past, the role of chemical engineering associated with plastics, rubber, sugar, glass & ceramics, paints & pigments, food & pharma, pulp & paper, textiles, leather, petrochemicals, fertilizers, oil & natural gas, electronics, nuclear etc., has given birth to so many technologies. However, every processing has caused some or the other damages to the environment, which are rarely reversible, thus, causing permanent harms to the atmosphere, flora and fauna directly and to the society indirectly. We, as chemical engineers, have to now carefully modify the process flow sheet more towards eco-friendly processes often being referred to as green technologies. So, fields like chemical and environmental engineering; IT in chemical industry, Nanotechnology, ambient process technologies, such as, membrane-based separation processes; control release of nutrients both to the plants and human; thinking of reducing, recycle and reuse are the urgent need of the day along with the concept of life-cycle recycles.

I urge all my readers to not only contribute their experiences through IIChE Newsletter as well as journal, Indian Chemical Engineer, but at the same time also help in promoting their readership through increase in membership of IIChE. I congratulate the Editorial Board, the Council Members and the management committee including Francis & Taylor and staff at IIChE HQ associated with the publication of Newsletter and ICE journal.

I urge all my readers to not only contribute their experiences through IIChE Newsletter as well as journal, Indian Chemical Engineer, but at the same time also help in promoting their readership through increase in membership of IIChE. I congratulate the Editorial Board, the Council Members and the management committee including Francis & Taylor and staff at IIChE HQ associated with the publication of Newsletter and ICE journal.

With best compliments & regards,
Prof. Vinay Kumar Srivastava


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