IEEE Kolkata Section History
Way back in 1971 members of IEEE over the entire Eastern and North Eastern region of India got together to form the Eastern Regional Section of IEEE, in India. Mr. Alak Ghose was the founder Chairman of this Section. After the formation of the India Council the Eastern Regional Section was given the name of Calcutta Sub-Section under the Delhi Section of IEEE, India. Through the pioneering efforts of Mr. K.B. Subramaniam who took over form Mr. Alak Ghose in 1974 as Chairman, the Calcutta Sub-Section was elevated to the status of a section in the year 1976.
Over the years, the activities of IEEE Calcutta Section increased manifold and spread through many cities and state capitals under the Section. Several Technical Society Chapters and many student branches have been formed. Currently the Section has eleven chapters and two affinity groups. There are more than fifteen student branches now and this figure is continually on the rise. The Section maintains a healthy student to member ratio and works closely and coherently with its chapters and affinity groups not only in technical, education and membership development activities but also in outreach activities which a major focus of the section.
The city of "Calcutta" in India has been renamed officially to Kolkata in 2001. It is a cosmopolitan city where people, technology and ideas blend together with the socio-political culture to give the city a great shape. Today, Kolkata is a unique blend of ancient and anon, occidental and oriental styles, skyscrapers and Victorian edifices. Kolkata symbolizes creativity and vibrancy and is the city where artistic endeavor is held in very high esteem. The rich cultural, literary and religious flavors are exquisitely exhibited in its fine arts, writing, music, dance and theater. Kolkata is the workplace of four Nobel laureates – Ronald Ross, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and C.V.Raman. It is also the home of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and Oscar Winner Satyajit Ray.
Geographical location of Kolkata: Latitude-22 degree 82 minutes North and Longitude-88 degrees 20 minutes East, Altitude-17 feet from sea level, approx. 96 km from Bay of Bengal and it is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.
Chairs of IEEE Calcutta Section
K B Subramanium: From 1978 to 1979, Kalyan K Dasgupta: From 1980 to 1981, Alak K Ghosh: From 1982 to 1984, Manujendra N Roy: From 1985 to 1987, Manish K Mukherjee: From 1988 to 1990, Satya B Gupta: From 1991 to 1993, Alok K Das: From 1994 to 1996, Dipak K Basu: From 1997 to 1999, Nirmalendu Chatterjee: From 2000 to 2002, Rabindranath Nandi: From 2003 to 2005, Salil K Sanyal: From 2006 to 2008, Kalyan K Mallik: From 2009 to 2010, Sivaji Chakravorti: 2011
In the year 2011, the section has 9 technical society chapters and 2 affinity groups and more than 20 student branches.