The 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!