IEEE Around the World: The India Office

A growing staff in Bangalore supports the country’s many IEEE activities

22 August 2014

This is the first in a series of articles highlighting the activities of IEEE’s global offices.

It’s no surprise that the IEEE Bangalore office has been busy. India now boasts the second highest number of IEEE members (nearly 50,000) and the most IEEE student members (more than 35,230).

The office, opened in 2010, has moved twice to accommodate its growing number of staff members: now 21. Today it is located in the city’s World Trade Center.

The staff focuses on standards, educational activities, and supporting the 11 IEEE sections in India. The office’s IT department also develops software for IEEE.

In the past few months the staff has helped establish memorandums of understanding with several Indian organizations, which are agreements to collaborate on projects under IEEE’s Corporate Partnership Program. One such organization is the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association, which plans to work with IEEE to develop technical skill-building programs for engineers. IEEE also established a corporate partnership with Wipro, a multinational IT company headquartered in Bangalore. Wipro is collaborating with IEEE to hold webinars and participate in initiatives such as cloud computing and e-health. The company also promotes IEEE membership to its staff.

On the education front, Hindustan University, in Chennai, has signed a cooperative agreement to become a registered education provider for the IEEE Computer Society’s Guide to Software Engineering Body of Knowledge certification program. Certification classes are being taught by university professors, who receive training from the society.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

IEEE is sponsoring more than 60 conferences in the country this year, and the Bangalore office supports them in a variety of ways, says Harish Mysore, director of India operations. The staff helps identify topics for discussion, for example, and manages conference registration.

 “There is a huge demand in India for high-quality international technical conferences that will help us improve the quality of our research,” Mysore says.

The Bangalore office was involved with the International Conference on Standards for Smart Grid Ecosystem, hosted by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and India’s Central Power Research Institute. The event, held on 6 and 7 March, brought together representatives from some of India’s largest manufacturers, utilities, and electric service providers, as well as policymakers and researchers, to discuss standardization needed to upgrade power grids.

Upcoming events include the IEEE Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets conference, from 15 to 17 October, in Bangalore, and Indicon, the IEEE India Council’s annual meeting, from 11 to 13 December, in Yashada, Pune.

ADHERING TO STANDARDS

India’s IEEE Standards Group has two main goals: Getting technology companies to comply with international standards and convincing people in academia, government, and industry that it is in their best interests to be involved with the standards development process.

To tackle those challenges, the group, led by senior manager Srikanth “Sri” Chandrasekaran, is working with the Bureau of Indian Standards to educate companies on the benefits of adhering to international standards so India’s electronics and other products can be sold all over the globe.

The group is working to include some of India’s leading industry experts in standards development through its Industry Connections program, which brings together tech company representatives. The Industry Connections Committee presents the program’s standards recommendations to the IEEE Standards Association board of governors.

“India has very strong representation across all the technology sectors, which I believe will benefit the IEEE standards development process,” Chandrasekaran says.

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