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IEEE PES Kerala Chapter Annual General Meeting 2017 on 16 Dec ’17

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The Annual General Meeting 2017 of IEEE PES Kerala chapter was held on 16th December 2017 at Classic Sarovar Portico hotel, Trivandrum.  About 30 PES members attended the programme. The meeting started at 10 AM with a welcome address by Er. A G Hareendralal, Chair, PES Kerala chapter. Prof. Biju K, Secretary, PES Kerala chapter, presented the activity report of 2017.agm2

It was followed by a session on ‘How the chapter can excel’ by Er. A. Suhair, Vice chair, PES Kerala chapter.agm4

Next session was on the topic ‘Challenges in power sector in Kerala and the role of PES’ by Prof.V.K.Damodaran, Life Senior Member IEEE, and Chair, Educational activities, PES Kerala chapter. After lunch, the various PES student branch chapter chairs presented activity report of their chapters. After that, there was a session on ‘Interaction with affinity groups’ such as YP, WiE, SIGHT and SSIT. Next session on ‘Renewable energy progress in Kerala’ by Er.Ajith Gopi, Project Engineer ANERT.agm5

Prof. P.S.chandramohan, Chair, Conferences, PES Kerala chapter, briefed about the projects that could be taken by PES for the benefit of the society. The last session was an interactive session where, discussions where held on the future activities of PES Kerala chapter and about the feedback of the activities in the year 2017. Many ideas were came up during the discussions and Er. A Suhair concluded the session with his concluding remarks. Prof.Biju K, expressed the formal vote of thanks. The meeting concluded at 4 PM with agroup photo session and a high tea thereafter.agm group

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AGM 2016 – A Meeting with a Difference

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The AGM of IEEE Power and Energy Society, Kerala Chapter held on Sunday, the 13th Nov 2016 inside a houseboat in Ashtamudi kayal, Kollam turned out to be a truly refreshing and memorable event. It rekindled the memories of 2014 AGM in the very same backdrop of the sprawling fresh water lake. The relaxed atmosphere surrounded by calm waters, sunshine and cool breeze combined with delicious food rejuvenated the mind and mood and sparked off ideas worth chasing. The 35 participants who attended the event represented geographical territories from north to south and from all age groups and wide interests. Free from distractions and interruptions the meeting focussed and discussed issues in an effective and fruitful manner.
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dsc03103dsc03061_1The meeting was called to order at 10.30 am as the boat slowly started to push off the shore. Er. A. G. Hareendralal, Chair of PES Kerala welcoming the gathering informed that The Chapter has achieved this year the status of large chapter having crossed the magic figure of 100 and reached 115 full grade members. He also mentioned the successful senior membership drive undertaken by the Chapter. He briefed a variety of initiatives of the Chapter this year including industry-utility-academia interactions which is now in an advanced phase. Er. K. Biju in his activity report stated that around 30 events were conducted by the Chapter which formed a significant portion of the activities reported by the Section. This was followed by reports from various Student Branches.
img-20161117-wa0007img-20161117-wa0002The main highlight of the event was the discussion on Vision Plan for 2017. Veterans and young turks actively deliberated on an hour long brainstorming session. Dr. P.S . Chandramohan former chair of PES portrayed the evolution and growth of PES Kerala from a small unit to the large chapter and congratulated those responsible for the transition. The discussions centred on what PES can or should do for the members and what members can do for PES and community at large. The discussions were led by Prof POJ Lebba, Prof Muhammad Kasim, Dr. Chandramohan, Er. Koruthu Varghese, Er. Amarnath Raja, Er.CM Varghese, Er. Anil, Prof Sasi, Er.Ajith Gopi besides the Chapter Chair and Vice Chair. The gist of some of the discussions listed below.
  •   While the Chapter need to spread awareness of the value of being an IEEE PES member particularly among the student community, the members should make use of the innumerable resources of IEEE/PES to stay current with the technological advances and business practices and learn leadership skills and acquire ethics and professionalism by actively involving and organizing programmes. They should network globally, apply their knowledge locally and increase their employment opportunity and career advancement
  •  While the Chapter continues to organize Seminar/Presentation/Quiz competitions either singly or in collaboration with other professional or service organizations as being done now, it should take up programmes to train students on writing technical papers, how to get it published, develop their reading skills etc. Necessary teacher training should also be in the agenda.
  •  Chapter should hold a state level student congress as its flagship programme.
  •  Chapter should consider a mentoring programme to guide needy students to succeed in their professional career.
  •  PES should connect to the world around and take up issues that addresses common man’s problems
  •  PES should help the community to buy quality products in power and energy fields such as UPS, inverters, storage batteries, energy efficient devices and equipment etc.
  •  PES should study and formulate positions on issues ( eg. global warming and climate change) and discuss with government for its implementation.
  •  Promote entrepreneur skills and train technical people in prospective business areas such as Solar energy in design and consultancy, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of systems.
In the technical session that followed Er. Ajith Gopi, a solar expert from Anert with extensive field experience made a presentation on the solar development in the country and techno-economic considerations while going for solar installations. The presentation and discussions continued after the lunch break. Er.CM Varghese who runs solar and allied business also made an interesting presentation on the topic.
 
Er. Shahim Baker, chair of IEEE Young Professionals introduced YP and their activities. He indicated areas where PES can work together with YP.
Er. Bibin Parukoor, vice chair YP, handled a session on Smart Phones and provided many tips to help selecting the device and using it as a productive tool
Er. Amarnath Raja, former Section Chair, introduced IEEE SIGHT and explained how engineers can partake in social and humanitarian issues. He cited instances of PES interventions in similar contexts.
 
Due to time limitations, ‘Reminiscing the journey through power engineering’ was shortened. Er. A. Suhair emphasised the importance of being aware of history and remembering and honoring great personalities who brought revolutionary changes in our life.
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Prof POJ Lebba, former principal of TKM Engineering College and a distinguished leader in electro technology and social life in Kerala was honoured at this meeting.
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Prof Muhammad Kasim was awarded IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award .
 
Annual meeting is a wonderful platform for members to flock together, meet and greet, evaluate our activities, vent room for airing our expectations and frustrations, imbibe new ideas and derive abundant energy and confidence to do more in the coming days. It’s a tremendous networking opportunity. People, young and old, spoke and exchanged ideas without any reservation. Together we can do and achieve a lot more is the message of AGM, I think.
 
The six and a half hour session came to an end at 5 pm when the boat anchored on the shore. Sadly, we missed some of our core members, Prof.VKD, Prof Bijuna , Er. NT Nair, Er.Dharesan Unnithan, Prof Sunitha, Er. Narayanan and so on in this voyage. They are fountains of ideas and change makers. I am sure they will continue to guide us. Let us applaud the efforts of the PES team, specially Er.Hareendralal and Er. Biju in organizing an event that made an indelible mark on our mind
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PES AGM on Nov 30th, 2014 : A memorable event

PES AGM 2014 group photoPES AGM 20114 award SMKPES AGM 2014 award HAGPES AGM2014 photo award KBKThe annual general meeting was well conducted in a conference boat “Sahayathri” in the Ashtamudi lake, Kollam on Nov 30th from 10 am to 4.30 pm. 20 members attended the meeting, Prof P O J Lebba was the Chief guest. Prof V K Damodaran, Mr.N T Nair,  Mr A Suhair,….. were present.

It is indeed the most memorable PES General Body meeting ever to have happened in Kerala and over and above the most memorable event organized under IEEE Section in Kerala. The beauty, according to me was the highly relaxed air that was maintained and the calm, serene and slow pace environment around. Food and drinks were aplenty, simple, and served with alacrity.
On the business front, i think PES took solid decisions to have a vibrant 2015 with activities perceptible to the people of Kerala as well as to all professionals in the state. I am sure, it will be noticed by the higher fora of the IEEE echelons too.
On the networking front – slogan of IEEE in the past – this meeting could conceive, discuss and decide on activities, maximally networked with all levels of IEEE organization, starting from students to the Life Members and with other professional institutions like EMC. This I consider as one of the great steps put forward by PES ever. Prof. Kasim has always been a step ahead in professional socializing and it has been acknowledged by IEEE apex bodies by selecting Kerala PES for notable awards and rewards. Bijuna and Hareendralal have gone a step further, keeping Kasim still as ‘bandee’ and ensuring the presence of Prof. Lebba and Mr. Unnithan to cast a net of new linkages in the working arena ocean of P&E. I consider, this as the best outcome of this year’s general meeting.
On the third outcome – the one I value much: It has been thoughtful to ensure the participation of students and youth in the discussions. I believe they are immensely motivated and they will be the strong pillars on which PES can roll out new EPICS like projects and even shoulder the responsibility of national or international congregations related to Power and Energy.
Finally, the idea of remembering the global beginnings of P&E, ably crafted and piloted by Mr. Suhair, has been a pointer to what can be done at such meetings with larger participation of professionally oriented members. However incomplete the coordination of that discussion might have been, on placing advancements in the power and energy scenario in its historical and social contexts and drawing lessons on how and where newer developments will take us (It appeared we should have had more time in picking the threads from it), it is a guidance especially for those in the roles of academic and supervisory jobs.   We should be able to develop this style of activity to better refinement in future.
In the end, a compact meeting of thirty plus members in a moving boat ensured sufficient isolation, security, quiet ambience, cohesion and confidence to the participants, to obtain total and complete devotion to the targeted tasks. This elimination of “noise” in communication parlance – though the perceived purpose of a meeting in boat or ship – in our case this time, has been fully realized. On top of all, every member who participated had joined the discussions. A great achievement, which was not engineered, but came as a result of the compaction and cohesion!
I wish, our chain of communications had been in the loop of all participants (for which I do not have the mail IDs of all). Could Hareendralal,circulate these, starting from NT Nair’s, to all the delegates and see how they felt it as well, especially the first timers and the busy lot!
Best Regards,
VKD