IEEE PES Kerala Chapter: Membership Growth and Recent Activities

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IEEE PES Kerala Chapter is one of the active chapters under IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). The mission of this chapter is to be the leading provider of scientific and engineering information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society, and the preferred professional development source for our members. The Chapter was formed in 1999 with 12 members and now it has 2084 members (on 31st December 2019). The Chapter won High Performance Chapter Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and Outstanding Chapter Award for Activities in 2017. It is chosen to host the Asia Pacific Power and Energy Conference in 2021. In 2019, it had a strong row leading in front by Er. A.K.Suhair (Chair), Dr. Sobha Manakkal (Vice-Chair) and Dr. Boby Philip (Secretary).

Membership Growth:
The PES Kerala Chapter is one among the prominent technical society chapters in IEEE Kerala Section. It is well known that IEEE PES is a platform for sharing the latest technological developments in the electric power industry, educating members of the industry and the general public and developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems. It is led by professional leaders who have expert knowledge in this field. Perceiving the motives and values, there is significant increase on the number of people joining PES every year. The notable change that occurred in the membership growth was between the year 2018 and 2020. In the year 2018 the sail took off with 15 chapters which moved across almost 22 chapters by the year 2019 and finally at the beginning of 2020 it reached the destination with 30 chapters across the State, doubling the figure from the start. The membership crossed a landmark figure of 2000 by the end of 2019. The rise in graph showcases the impact that PES achieved in molding professionals. With spirited leaders and enthusiastic members, the IEEE PES Kerala Chapter is heading to conquer greater heights.

Fig. Recent growth in number of IEEE PES Kerala Student Branch Chapters

Recent Activities:

2019 activities started with Annual General meeting held at Maurya Rajadhani, Trivandrum on 5th January 2019. We have clocked over 50 programs in 2019 besides a number of student activities. The vibrancy of activities was maintained throughout the year.

As students form significant portion of our membership, the Chapter was giving due attention to student centric activities. PES State level Quiz contest for first year engineering students regularly conducted for a decade helped to introduce IEEE PES to the student community. Besides this, several other contests and training programs made PES popular among student community. The member driven initiative (MDI) of PES helped students get funding for several creative projects. All Kerala Student Colloquium organized regularly every year enabled networking and meeting with stalwarts in industry and academia. We have also shaped a student leadership team in 2019 giving them opportunity to organize and monitor PES activities and run a news magazine and website.

The Chapter also took initiative to connect industry and academia to identify industrial and utility problems and engage students, faculty and researchers find solutions. The efforts to organize DLP, expert talks, specialized workshops and conferences boosted the interest of senior members.

The chapter maintained close liaison with WIE, YP, LMAG, Section and other Technical Societies in conducting variety programs. Together with LMAG, PES made social interventions to empowerment of women in rural and tribal sectors.

IEEE PES Kerala Chapter Young Professionals Meet Up

The Chapter leaders meet at regular business meetings, attended important regional meetings such as recent Chapter Chair meeting at Macau, PES India Council Meeting, TENCON2019 at Kochi and PESGRE2020.

All Kerala Power and Energy Society Students Colloquium (AKPESSC_19)

Er. K.R. Venugopal, Prof. K. Biju and Prof. Prabin James winners of 2018 PES HQ Awards were presented the awards in 2019. Chapter Awards were given to Vishnu Pillai, Abhinav and Outstanding Student Branch Awards given to NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad, College of Engineering, Chengannur and College of Engineering, Karunagappally.

PES one on one was the chairs’ meet and it was held on 7th April 2019.The event was successfully hosted at Model Engineering’ college, Thrikkakara with 48 members from different student branch across Kerala. The set of speakers was the main attraction of the day.

Event: One on one

The PES Kerala Chapter in association with College of Engineering Karunagappally, hosted its most prestigious event All Kerala Power and Energy Society Students Colloquium (AKPESSC_19) on 23-25 August 2019. The three day event aimed at the technical molding up of students to make them more skill Oriented and the Colloquium succeed in completing it’s mission.

How to Execute Successful B-Tech Projects 2.0

“How to Execute Successful B.Tech Projects 2.0” workshop was organized on 22nd September, by IEEE PES Kerala Chapter, in association with IEEE PES RIT Student Chapter as a sequel to a highly successful session conducted the previous year. The session was aimed at giving students more clarity on the topic on which to base their crucial final year project and how to execute it using the proper steps.

IEEE PES Kerala Chapter in association with IEEE PES student branch Chapter of RIT conducted the final round of the tenth edition of the all Kerala quiz event titled “PES Quiz 2019” exclusively for first year students, on 26th October 2019 at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology Kottayam from 09:00AM to 04:00PM. It was conducted as a part of IEEE Day 2019. 85 students from all over Kerala participated in the event. Dr. B Premlet, chairperson for the educational activities of Kerala Section, was invited to be the Quiz Master.

Fig. PES Quiz 2019

Technical Revamping Initiative Aspired Concourse (TRIAC), a technical event was jointly organized by IEEE PES, IEEE IA/IE/PELS Jt. and IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapters along with IEEE FISAT SB on the 26th and 27th of October 2019 at Federal Institute of Science And Technology, Angamaly with a total participation count of more than 200 delegates.

PES Kerala Chapter was a partner in the Students Solar Ambassador Workshop organized on 2nd October 2019 at Mohandas college of Engineering and Technology in association with IIT Bombay and IEEE PES MCET chapter along with more than 1 Million students globally. Around 80 students attended the workshop.

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, IEEE SB, and PES SBC of SAINTGITS College of Engineering in association with PES Kerala Chapter, organized a distinguished lecture program on the topic “Power System Overvoltages and Insulation Coordination” on 16th September 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Dr. Sivaji Chakravorthi, Director, National Institute of Technology, Calicut was the distinguished speaker for the program.

Zonal level of seem sustainable energy championship was held at MESCE in association with IEEE PES SBC MESCE on 25th of June 2019 at EEE seminar hall.

E-Mobility for Smart Cities, the Second Workshop in the series of workshops on “Smart Cities” organized by IEEE Kerala Section, PES Kerala chapter, LMAG, Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust and SCTCE was held on 27th April 2019 at Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering (SCTCE), Thiruvananthapuram.

Evoke2019 was held in February, 2019 where many events were organized, such as four workshops, seven cells, two mini workshops, coding competitions and informal events. A 24-hour hackathon was also here.

As part of Technical Revamping Initiative Aspiring Concourse (TRIAC), IEEE PES Kerala Chapter organized a panel discussion with PES Young Professionals for delegates from various colleges.

Empowerment Programme for Women on Home Electrics was held very successfully.

A One Day Workshop on Geographic Information Systems fundamentals and applications in electric utility was conducted at the PES Student Branch, College of Engineering, Chengannur on 9 November 2019. The workshop was conducted by Er.Suhair, Chair, PES Kerala Chapter.

Ms. Geethanjali Krishna, research her from Sandford University, USA delivered a talk on Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence at Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust on 25th November 2019.

Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti, Director, NIT Calicut conducted an interactive workshop for practicing engineers from utility, industry and academia on two topics of great significance namely over voltages and insulation coordination and condition monitoring of power transformers.

The three day national conference on Smart grid technologies application & Signal Processing jointly organized by the Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology and PES Kerala Chapter was held from18-20 Dec 2019 at the Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology.

IEEE PES Kerala chapter organized PES Quiz on all PES SB’s all over Kerala, a way to measure their depth of knowledge. The quiz was focused mainly on two dates 1st and 10 th October 2019.

Dr. Sajitha Bashir, Adviser for Science, Technology and Innovation, World Bank, Washington delivered a talk on “The Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Regions” on 21 December 2019 under the auspices of Power and Energy Society, Kerala Chapter at Vakkom Moulavi Fundation Trust Hall, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

There were many other events focusing the inauguration of new PES student branch chapters. It is to be mentioned that the student branch chapters have organized many successful events in 2019. Detail description of these events along with the details of Chapter events can be found in the Powerscope, the first news magazine of PES Kerala Chapter.

Information Source: Powersocpe, vol. 01, issue 01, 2019