IIChE President

President’s Message

Dear Fellow Chemical Engineers,

Greetings for the year 2020.

Firstly, let me convey my thanks and regards to all the Council Members of IIChE for giving me an opportunity to render my services as President of our beloved Institute. I can assure you all of my best efforts for fostering growth of the Institute with the support and cooperation of the esteemed Council Members and Chemical Engineering experts in India and abroad.

We are all aware of IIChE’s glorious journey for 73 years, in course of which it has emerged as an apex body of Chemical Engineering professionals in India with over 30,000 registered members, 41 Regional Centres and 166 Student Chapters across the country. All along, IIChE has been recognizing outstanding performers in the academia, industry and R&D fields as well as the student community by bestowing upon them Awards, offering Grants and Scholarships, etc.

Amidst the unprecedented global calamity brought about by COVID-19, like the rest of the country and the world in general, the regular activities of IIChE have been seriously affected. Nonetheless, the following activities have been tentatively planned for the benefit of our Members, who are Chemical Engineering professionals as well as students. Once we are back to normalcy, our priority would be their implementation.

For Student Members of IIChE

  • Arranging Industry Internships in the companies, which are Life Organizational Members of IIChE.
  • Providing small financial support to students under guidance of IIChE experts for innovative research projects in thrust areas.
  • Offering academic support to weak students with supplementary lecture notes prepared by IIChE experts.
  • Initiating coaching for GATE and other competitive examinations at discounted fees.

For the Corporate/Life Members of IIChE

  • Skill development programs and Certificate courses with AICTE approval by utilizing the services of the IIChE Members, who are authorities in their own fields.
  • Certificate Courses in “Industry Safety” and “Six Sigma and Quality Management” are scheduled to be started from this May.
  • Development of ‘Industrial Polyclinics’ to offer industrial consultancy services at different Regional Centres.
  • Preparation of lecture materials in various courses related to Chemical Engineering Programs in the form of online notes, videos, PPTs, etc.
  • Granting small funds to publish data books, lab manuals, monographs, etc., with IIChE affiliation.

All said and done, the immediate challenge which we should address is financial sustenance of the Institute. For that, we are planning to organize FDPs, Workshops, Training Programs at IIChE, Headquarters, Kolkata, which would help generating resources to an extent. I sincerely appreciate the Honarary Secretary, Vice Presidents, other Office Bearers and Council Members, in general, for their untiring services to improve the stature of our beloved Institute.

Right now, humanity’s biggest challenge is COVID-19 as it continues to spread worldwide with alarming rapidity. The Government has initiated timely action by declaring blanket lockdown in order to control the spread of the disease. At this moment of calamity, I request you all to be careful yourselves and to educate people around to keep themselves and others safe.

Finally, let’s all of us utilize this period of lockdown sensibly and productively.

I wish you all to stay healthy during this period.

Prof. V Venkata Basava Rao