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Felicitation of Prof. Sankar K. Pal by IEEE Kolkata Section

IEEE Kolkata Section felicitated its eminent member Prof. Sankar Pal, former Director of Indian Statistical Institute in the evening of March 27, 2007 on the occasion of being bestowed with the Padma Shri Award 2013. This was arranged at Dakshin Kalikata Samsad, Deshapriya Park, Kolkata. About 45 Section, Chapter and GA officers were present in that evening. The Felicitation Ceremony started at 6-45 PM and was conducted by the Section Chair Prof. Debatosh Guha. Prof. Ajit K. Chattopadhyay welcomed Prof. Pal with a flower bouquet. Mr. K. K. Das Gupta, the senior most member of the section, handed over a beautiful Plaque to Prof. Pal on behalf of the Section. Prof. P. K. Basu spoke about his student Prof. SankarPal in a very informal style. Reminiscences, personal experiences and anecdotes were shared by Prof. M. K. Kundu, Prof. Sushmita Mitra, Dr. Tinku Acharya, Prof. Sivaji Chakravarti, Prof. Ujjwal Maulik, and Prof. Amita Pal (wife of Prof. Sankar Pal). Finally, Prof. Pal addressed the audience in his own style indicating different issues of teaching, research, and associated social aspects. It was an enjoyable and pleasant evening for all, which eventually turned into a mood of get-together. The function was followed by roof-top banquet dinner.

Prof. Sankar Pal receiving the Plaque from Mr. K K Das Gupta Prof. P K Basu speaks about his Student
Prof. Sankar Pal addressing the audience  

  Compressive sensing & Technical writing
Conference Dates April 6-7, 2013
Venue IIT Guwahati campus
Organized by IEEE Student Branch of IIT Guwahati
Excerpt of the Conference Report

About 160 participants attended this 2-day workshop from NIT Nagaland, NIT Meghalay, Tezpur University, Assam Engineering College, GIST-Guwahati, IST-Guwahati Univeristy, Don Bosco Engineering college and Royal Engineering college. Prof. Debatosh Guha, Chairman of IEEE Kolkata Section was present in the inaugural function and addressed the audience indicating the rich heritage of IEEE and its impact on the professional engineers. Prof. Sukumar Nandi, Deputy Director, IIT Guwahati was also present to encourage the participants. Dr. Angshul Mujumdar of IIIT-D and Dr. Amit Sethi of IIT Guwahati offered tutorials on Compressive sensing. A panel discussion on 'why a career in research?' was organized on the second day. This report is based on the information provided by Mr. Tousif Khan Nizami, Chairman of IEEE Student Branch of IIT Guwahati.
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Conference Photos
Lighting of Inaugural Lamp Participants attending a Technical Session

IEEE Kolkata Section Felicitated Birth Centenary of Dr. Amiya Kr. Chatterjee

IEEE Kolkata Section felicitated Dr. Amiya Kr. Chatterjee, an eminent Electrical Engineer and Educator of the country, in the evening of May 3, 2013 on the occasion of his Birth Centenary being celebrated this year. Prof. Chatterjee was born on March 29, 1914 and graduated with diploma in electrical engineering in 1935 from National Council of Education, Jadavpur. He received his MS degree from Cornell University and PhD degree from University of Illinois in 1946 and 1948, respectively. Apart from various Industries in India, UK, and USA, Prof. Chatterjee served Jadavpur University, Birla College of Engineering, Pilani and Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in different capacities.
His felicitation ceremony was arranged at Electrical Engineering Department of Jadavpur University. About 40 Section members and former students of Prof. Chatterjee were present in that evening. He was honoured with a flower bouquet consisting of 100 red roses and a beautiful Plaque. Mr. K. K. Das Gupta, the senior most member of the section, presided over the function. Professors Sujoy Basu, Dipak Kumar Basu, Nirmal Kumumar Chatterjee, Nirmal Kumar Deb and Mr. K. K. Das Gupta spoke about their longstanding relations with Prof. Chatterjee and shared several reminiscences. Prof. Anjana Banerjee, daughter of Prof. Chatterjee shared some anecdotes about her father.
Finally, Prof. Chatterjee addressed the audience in a very well composed speech about his experience in educational institutions since early 1940’s. Everyone, present in that evening, had a very rare experience to meet a physically strong and mentally young Centurion of our time and to celebrate his Birth Centenary. The function was followed by high tea.

Prof. Amiya Kr. Chatterjee (L) receiving the Plaque from Mr. K. K. Das Gupta (R) Prof. Amiya Kr. Chatterjee addressing the audience

1st Inter College Seminar Organized by IEEE Student Branch of St. Anthony's College, Shillong

The IEEE student branch of the college organized the 1st Inter College Seminar on 27-July 2013, on the topic Emerging Trends of Computer Science and Technology. The aim of this event was to provide a platform for the students of various colleges of the city to interact with one another and also to provide an insight into the latest technology and trends that have come up. Dr. B Bhuiyan , Associate Professor Dept. of IT, NEHU and Shri. Vijay Prasad Assistant Professor Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati were the judges for the event.
There were seven participants from four different colleges in the city. The topic of each participant was very interesting and relevant. Each gave a good presentation and detailed explanations along with demo videos. There was also an interactive question and answer segment at the end of each presentation. Everyone participated in the program wholeheartedly.
The winner were: 1st Prize was won by Abhinash Raj kumar of St. Edmund's College, 1st Runner up was Sushant Adhikari of St. Edmund's College and 2nd Runner-up was Adarsh Gupta of St .Anthony's College. At the end of the seminar, the Prizes and certificates of merit were distributed by Br. Albert L Dkhar sdb , Principal of St. Anthony's College. The judges were also given a token of appreciation by the Principal. Rev Father Joby Joseph sdb ,Vice Principal of St. Anthony's College then distributed the certificates to the organizing team. The program ended with a Vote of thanks by Sanjay Chowdhury Secretary IEEE Student Branch.

One day workshop "A glimpse of the e-world"

IEEE WIE Kolkata Chapter organized a one day workshop "A glimpse of the e-world" at the Institute of Radio Physics & Electronics, University of Calcutta on 7th August 2013, to cater to home makers, teachers and other professionals who found themselves difficult in operating computers and became confused by their " tech - savvy " children.
Nineteen women participated in the workshop. The day was divided in two sessions: pre-lunch and post lunch session. In the pre lunch session, one member of IEEE WIE Kolkata Chapter demonstrated a power point presentation about the application of Microsoft Office Word 2007. She explained how to write a text with different font size, alignment, colors, paragraphs etc. Every participant was able to execute the instructions simultaneously on the computers provided to them. They were delighted to learn how to create a table and write a notice by their own. Sufficient volunteers were present to help them.
In the second half, a student member of IEEE WIE Kolkata Chapter gave a presentation on surfing the internet. She showed how to create an account, how to mail with and without attachment. Participants learnt how to search for different information regarding railways and air tickets.
Since one day is not sufficient the participants were provided with hard copy documents for their future help. The program was concluded with a valedictory session where participants praised the volunteers whole heartedly. They thanked the organizers for the program. They also showed interest on such program in future.

Welcome address by the Chair person Volunteers helping the participants

Outreach Program for Students of IX and X at Masjidbati, Gosaba, Sundarban, West Bengal on 15.06.2013

Seeing is believing, and perceiving too. It is most important even in Science education. Unfortunately, this is missing in science education amongst most school students in India, more so in rural India. The students are forced to memorise things without understanding them. This system not only de-motivates the children to pursue science as a career option, but also kills their creativity and logical mind. Further, it also becomes a barrier to development of a scientific approach towards life, society and surroundings among children. In order to spread scientific thinking among children, especially in the remote rural areas WIE organized a one-day outreach program at Masjidbati Parbati Vidyalay, Basanti, sundarban, West Bengal in collaboration with Birla Industrial and Technical Museum (BITM), Kolkata on June 15, 2013. Mr. T. K. Sengupta and his colleague from BITM visited Masjidbati Parbati Vidyalay, and demonstrated a set of very interesting, yet simple, experiments that one can perform even at their home, collecting common and easily available local ingredients. Mr. Sengupta explained and related these experiments, in a very interesting manner, with what the students have learnt in their textbooks. About hundred twenty students (50% girls) and some of their teachers attended the program with lot of enthusiasm and curiosity. Interestingly, girls were more responsive and interactive. They all participated whole heartedly. The experts demonstrated a few basic mathematical tricks too to the students.
At the end of the program WIE members thanked Mr. Sengupta and his colleague with some token gifts. The students were provided with lunch and the program ended at 4:00 pm.

WIE Members with experts from BITM Demonstration by BITM expert

1stInternational Conference on Emerging Trends and Applications in Computer Science (ICETACS-2013)- A Report

The First International Conference on Emerging Trends and Applications in Computer Science (ICETACS) 2013 began with two back-to-back Tutorial Sessions held on 12 September at the College Auditorium for the participants and the students of the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Mumbai gave two presentations on Sentiment Analysis.

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  IEEE Region 10 Technical Seminar 2012 on "Green Technology"
Conference Dates 2nd March, 2012
Venue H.L. Roy Seminar Hall
Jadavpur University (Main Campus), Kolkata, West Bengal
Organized by IEEE Region 10 in collaboration with IEEE Kolkata Section
Excerpt of the Conference Report

Inaugural program as announced with the following:
Welcome Address Speech:Lawrence Wong, Director, IEEE Region 10

The Topics of the Seminar:

(1)Barriers to the Adoption of Green Technology: Greg Adamson, Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and Chair, IEEE Victorian Section

(2)Advances in Power Electronics and its impact on Clean Energy Technology: Ajit K Chattopadhyay, IEEE Fellow, Former Professor of IIT Kharagpur and Emeritus Professor, Bengal Science and Engineering University Shibpur

(3) Purulia Pumped Storage Station - Delivering quality power from a technically and socially relevant power project: Asish K Ghosal, Director Projects, West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd

(4)ICTs and Climate Change: An Action Plan: Satish Babu, Chair, IEEE Kerala Section and Global DVP Co-ordinator, IEEE Computer Society

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Conference Photos
Felicitation of R10 Director A Section of the Audience
Distinguished sepaker delivering his Lecture Memento presenetd to distinguished Speaker
Conference Dates 4th - 5th November, 2011
Venue Jadavpur University (Main Campus), Kolkata, West Bengal
Organized by IEEE Calcutta Section and its Circuits & Systems Chapter
Excerpt of the Conference Report

Inaugural program as announced with the following change:
Key Note Speech: Prof. Ajit K Chattopadhyay, IEEE Fellow, Former Professor of EE Dept, IIT Kharagpur and currently Honorary Emeritus Professor, EE Dept, BESUS on “Recent Trends in Power Electronics Technology”

Plenary Speech: Mr. Ashis K Ghoshal, Director (Projects), WBPDCL on “Pumped Storage Power Station”

No. of Participants: 153

No. of papers submitted: 87
No. of papers accepted: 67
No. of papers presented: 58

No. of Technical Sessions: 12

Proceedings published in hardcopy as well as softcopy.

Souvenir brought out.

Technical Program by CAS Chapter: Talks by A. Das Barman, I. Saha Misra and A. Sinha. Fourth talk by Mr. B. Dhar was not held.

Sponsors: WBSETCL, WBSEDCL, Supreme Co and Intec Infonet

Conference Photos
Prof. A. Chattopadhyay, FIEEE, inaugurating Calcon-11 A Section of the Distinguished Audience
A Lecture Session in progress A Student presenting his paper
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