IEEE Gujarat Section History

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IEEE Gujarat Section History
Established date 1990-08-15
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(prepared on 5th June 2009 with inputs from Dr Anil K Roy (Chair), Mr Arup R Dasgupta (Past Chair), Mr Mayank M Pande (Past Chair), Mr Deepak Mathur (Immediate Past Chair). It has been updated regularly.)

The IEEE Gujarat section is one of the sections in the Asia-Pacific region. If for no other reason than that Mahatma Gandhi was a Gujarati by birth, and had spearheaded the Indian Freedom Struggle from his ashram at Ahmedabad where the IEEE Gujarat Section is headquartered.

IEEE activities in Gujarat first started in 1988 at the city of Vadodara (earlier known as Baroda), when first unit of IEEE student branch was established at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology & Engineering, M.S.University. Dr. A. K. Aggarwal was the first Branch Counselor. Mr. J. S. Negi, the then Chief Executive of M/s Jyoti Ltd, had taken the initiative for submitting the petition for forming the Vadodara Sub-Section under the Bombay Section. IEEE accepted the petition and the Vadodara sub-section was formed with Mr. J. S. Negi as the interim Chair in the year 1988.

Later IEEE agreed to change the name of the entity to Gujarat Sub-section. On 15th August 1990 the Sub-section was upgraded to a full fledged Section to take its place as one among the 300 sections in the world spread out over 150 countries. The IEEE Gujarat University Student Branch was the next student branch unit established in 1994. The IEEE Gujarat Section was carved out from the IEEE Bombay Section mainly for logistic reasons.

Gujarat Section was first brought to international attention in 1997 with the holding a twin conference on’ Internet Security’ and EEE in the petroleum sector both downstream and upstream. This twin conference was held in the premises of the Institute of Reservoir Studies of the ONGC. Prominent IEEE figures who attended included Dr. Charles Rubenstein then the editor of the IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management. The conference was followed by the visit of the Technical Activities Board (TAB) of the IEEE led by President IEEE Dr. Kenneth Laker, President-Elect Dr. Mike Adler, Mr. Pete(Wes) Spencer a Power Utilities owner, Mrs. Mary Ward-Callan the Managing Director of the TAB and Ms. Fanny Su Behn Hoi of the IEEE Region 10 HQ at Singapore. Dr. Vijay Bhargava, the then candidate for the post of the President IEEE Communications Society and Mrs. Laker also accompanied the group. On this occasion, a student branch was inaugurated at the Nirma Institute of Technology.

Gujarat Section has always been pioneer in organizing programs for professional and students. Its annual event ‘Sampark’ gives a platform to student members to design IEEE events of the year as per their own need and requirement. This helps IEEE student members of the Section to be their own leader. ‘Sampark’ had also been featured in one of the issue of ‘The Institute’.

Currently IEEE Gujarat Section has thirteen chapters covering 15 of the IEEE societies/technical councils and over 30 IEEE Student Branches.

Section Officers[edit | edit source]

Gujarat Section Officers
Year Chair Vice chair Secretary Treasurer
2001 Sohanlal Khemka Mayank Pande Mayank Pande
2002 Sohanlal Khemka Amit Johri / Ravindra Tyagi Mayank Pande Mayank Pande
2003 Arup Dasgupta (SAC, ISRO, Ahmedabad) Mayank Pande Deepak Mathur Siddhartha Khemka
2004 Arup Dasgupta (SAC, ISRO, Ahmedabad) Mayank Pande Deepak Mathur Siddhartha Khemka
2005 Mayank Pande (ONGC, Ahmedabad) Deepak Mathur Flavia Lobo Deepak Mathur
2006 Deepak Mathur (ONGC, Ahmedabad) Flavia Lobo Anil Roy Nirbhay Chaubey
2007 Deepak Mathur (ONGC, Ahmedabad) Anil Roy Nirbhay Chaubey Nirbhay Chaubey
2008 Anil Roy (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Deepak Ghodgaonkar Vishvjit Thakar Nirbhay Chaubey
2009 Anil Roy (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Deepak Ghodgaonkar Suman Mitra Nirbhay Chaubey
2010 Arup Dasgupta Deepak Ghodgaonkar Suman Mitra Rajendrasinh Jadeja
2011 Deepak Ghodgaonkar (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Shashi Sharma Suman Mitra Dhaval Pujara
2012 Deepak Ghodgaonkar (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Suman Mitra Mehul Raval Rajendrasinh Jadeja
2013 Suman Mitra (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Mehul Raval Rajendrasinh Jadeja Haresh Sabhadia
2014 Anil Roy (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Mehul Raval Rajendrasinh Jadeja Haresh Sabhadia
2015 Yogeshwar Kosta (Marwadi University) Rajendrasinh Jadeja Manik Lal Das Haresh Sabhadia
2016 Yogeshwar Kosta (Marwadi University) Rajendrasinh Jadeja Manik Lal Das Haresh Sabhadia
2017 Rajendrasinh Jadeja (Marwadi University) Manik Lal Das Haresh Sabhadia Ashish Phophalia
2018 Rajendrasinh Jadeja (Marwadi University) Manik Lal Das Haresh Sabhadia Ashish Phophalia
2019 Manik Lal Das (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Kiran Amin Usha Mehta Ashish Phophalia
2020 Manik Lal Das (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Kiran Amin Mehul Raval Ashish Phophalia
2021 Manik Lal Das (DA-IICT, Gandhinagar) Kiran Amin Mehul Raval Ashish Phophalia

Following is the list of past chairs of the Gujarat Section who contributed to give a definite shape to this section:

Period Name of the Chair
1995-1996 Dr. A. K. Aggarwal
1997 Mr. V. K. Jain
1998-1999 Dr. A. K. Aggarwal
1999-2000 Prof. A. R. Pandya

Awards and Recognitions[edit | edit source]

The Gujarat Section has bagged many awards and recognition. Some of the selected are listed below under three categories, e.g., Section level, Chapter/AG level and volunteer level.

Volunteer level

  • 2017 Meritorious Service Award of IEEE Sensor Council to Dr Anil K Roy
  • 2017 Regional Meritorious Service Award of IEEE Signal Processing Society to Prof. Chirag Paunwala
  • 2013 Outstanding Branch Counselor Award of IEEE Region 10 to Prof. Rakesh Patel (GCET SB)
  • 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Award of IEEE Region 10 to Mr. Arup Dasgupta
  • 2012 R10 Outstanding Branch Counselor Award of IEEE Region 10 to Prof. Mehul Rawal (DA-IICT SB)
  • 2012 MGA Leadership Award for Dr. Anil K. Roy
  • 2011 MGA Achievement Award for Mr Deepak Mathur
  • 2010 Outstanding Branch Counselor Award of IEEE Region 10 to Mr Nirbhay Chaubey (ISTAR SB)
  • 2009 Dr Anil K Roy, Chair IEEE Gujarat Section nominated in 3 Adhoc Committees formed at HQ level for the year 2009.
  • 2009 Outstanding Volunteer Award of IEEE Region 10 to Dr Anil K Roy
  • 2008 Outstanding Volunteer Award of IEEE Region 10 to Mr Deepak Mathur, Past Chair IEEE Gujarat Section
  • 2007 Outstanding Branch Counselor award of IEEE Region 10 to Dr Anil Roy (DA-IICT SB)
  • 2007 Larry K Wilson award of IEEE Region 10 to its student member Mr Mohit Malhan
  • 2006 Outstanding Volunteer Award of IEEE Region 10 to Mr Mayank M Pande, Past Chair IEEE Gujarat Section

Section level

  • 2020 IEEE Gujarat Section is awarded the R10 Outstanding Medium Section Award for 2020.
  • 2020 Silver Oak University IEEE Student Branch won runner up place of the Student Activities and WIE Coordination Contest at R10 SYWL Virtual Congress
  • 2020 IEEE Gujarat Section WIE AG won runner up place of the Student Activities and WIE Coordination Contest at R10 SYWL Virtual Congress
  • 2018 First Prize to Gujarat Section in the “Multicultural Video Contest” organized during IEEE Region 10 SYWL Congress 2018, Bali, Indonesia

Chapter level

  • 2018 IEEE Gujarat Section Sensors Council Chapter won the IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award 2018
  • 2017 First Prize in International Competition ‘CMD Students Robotics Demonstration Contest 2017 to Harsh Thakkar, Devam Shah and Jay Shah of IEEE IAS Student Branch of DA-IICT
  • 2017 3rd prize in Industry Applications Society (IAS) Web Contest to IEEE IAS Student Branch Chapter of DA-IICT
  • 2017 IAS Outstanding Student Branch Chapter Chair to Abhishek Parikh of IEEE IAS Student Branch Chapter of DA-IICT
  • 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapter of the Year Award won by Gujarat Section SPS Chapter
  • 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapter of the Year Award won by Gujarat Section SPS Chapter

Chapters[edit | edit source]

  1. Computer Society Chapter
  2. Joint chapter of Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics & Power Electronics Societies.
  3. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter.
  4. Joint chapter of Antenna Propagation and Microwave Theory and Techniques Societies (approved on 18 Feb, 2009)
  5. Communications Society Chapter (approved on 30 March, 2009)
  6. Power and Energy Society Chapter (approved on 19 Oct, 2009)
  7. DA-IICT Student Branch Chapter of Industry Applications Society
  8. GCET Student Branch Chapter of Industry Applications Society
  9. Joint chapter of Solid State Circuits and Electron Devices Societies (approved on 8 April, 2013)
  10. Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society Chapter (approved on 6 May, 2013)
  11. Signal Processing Society Chapter (approved on 28 May, 2013)
  12. Sensors Council Chapter (approved on 27 Oct, 2016)
  13. IEEE Nanotechnology Council Chapter (approved on 6 April, 2017)

Student Branches[edit | edit source]

  1. IEEE M. S. University Student Branch, Vadodara, Gujarat (1988)
  2. IEEE Gujarat University Student Branch, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (1994)
  3. IEEE Nirma Institute of Technology Student Branch, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (2004)
  4. IEEE DA-IICT Student Branch, Gandhingar , Gujarat (2004)
  5. IEEE U. V. Patel College of Engineering Student Branch, Mehsana, Gujarat (2006)
  6. IEEE ADIT Student Branch, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat (2007)
  7. IEEE GCET Student Branch, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat (2007)
  8. IEEE ISTAR Student Branch, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat (2007)
  9. IEEE C U Shah College of Engineering and Technology Student Branch, Surendranagar, Gujarat (approved on 18 March, 2009)
  10. IEEE B H Gardi College of Engineering and Technology Student Branch, Rajkot, Gujarat (approved on 22 April, 2009)
  11. IEEE LDRP Student Branch, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (approved on 8 June, 2009)
  12. IEEE Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology Student Branch (approved on 11 Dec, 2009)
  13. IEEE Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat (2010)
  14. IEEE Charotar Institute of Technology, Changa, Gujarat (2011)
  15. IEEE Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad, Gujarat (2011)
  16. IEEE Marwadi Education Foundation Group of Institutions, Rajkot, Gujarat (2011)
  17. IEEE Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (2012)
  18. IEEE Women's Engineering College, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat (2012)
  19. IEEE Atmiya College, Rajkot, Gujarat (2012)
  20. IEEE IIT Gandhinagar, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (2012)
  21. IEEE L D College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (2014)
  22. IEEE Dr. Jivraj Mehta Institute of Technology, Anand, Gujarat (2014)
  23. IEEE Om Engineering College, Junagadh, Gujarat (2014)
  24. IEEE Parul Institute of Engineering and Technology, Vadodara, Gujarat (2014)
  25. IEEE Shankersinh Vaghela Bapu Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (2015)
  26. IEEE Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad SB (Branch Code: STB17381, Year of Approval: 2015)
  27. IEEE Uka Tarsadia University SB (Branch Code: STB20124, Year of Approval: 2016)
  28. IEEE Vishvakarma Government Engineering College, Chandkheda SB (Branch Code: 20124, Year of Approval: 2016)
  29. Adani Institute of Infrastructure Engineering SB (Branch Code: SB11583, Year of Approval: 20xx)
  30. IEEE Silver Oak College of Engineering & Technology, Ahmedabad SB (Branch Code: STB20233, Year of Approval: 2017)
  31. IEEE Devang Patel Inst of Advance Tech and Res SB (Branch Code: STB10209, Year of Approval: 2020)

International/National Events[edit | edit source]

We organized many such events. Some of them are:

  1. 2020 IEEE International India Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2020 (InGARSS 2020), 1-4 Dec 2020
  2. 2019 The second Indian Conference on Antennas and Propagation (InCAP 2019), 19–22 December 2019, Ahmedabad
  3. 2019 The 16th IEEE India Council International Conference (INDICON 2019), 13-15 December 2019, Rajkot
  4. 2014 National Workshop on Network, Network Simulation & Information Security, 24-29 Nov, 2014
  5. 2014 All India Student Congress 2014, 6-8 Oct, 2014
  6. 2014 National Seminar on Computer Vision and Image Processing, 19-20 Sep, 2014
  7. 2014 Emerging Research Trends in Engineering, 19-20 July, 2014
  8. 2013 National Workshop on Cyber Security, 17-18 Nov, 2013
  9. 2012 National Seminar on Computer Vision and Image Processing, 21-22 Sep, 2012
  10. 2010 FIRE 2010 Workshop (Forum for Information Retrieval and Evaluation, an international project-cum-workshop spearheaded by Google and Yahoo), 19-21 Feb, 2010
  11. 2009 INDICON 2009, 18-20 Dec, 2009
  12. 2009 Emerging Research Trends in Engineering, 24-25 July, 2009
  13. 2008 National Conference on Vision, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing and Graphs, 11-13 Jan, 2008
  14. 2007 All India Student Congress 2007, 28-30 Sep, 2007
  15. 2006 National Seminar on Computer Vision and Image Processing, 17-18 Feb, 2006
  16. 2005 National Workshop on Challenges in VLSI, 13-14 May, 2005
  17. International Conference on Advance Computing
  18. 1997 Twin International Conference on Internet Security and EEE in petroleum industry, 1997

Gujarat Section hosted the 2008 R10 Meet at Ahmedabad that was attended by chairs of sections of R10, R10 Excom members, IEEE R10 Director Janina Mazieriska, IEEE President Dr Lewis Terman, IEEE President Elect Dr John Vig, IEEE Foundation President Dr Richard Gowen and other dignitaries from HQ.

Mr Arup Dasgupta and Mr Mayank M Pande, past chairs of IEEE Gujarat Section contributed a lot in establishing the section and positioning it globally. Mr Nirbhay Chaubey, the past Treasurer (2008-09) of the section, helped all contemporary chairs in structuring and expanding the section. It was the immediate past Chair Mr. Deepak Mathur’s tenure when Gujarat Section actually made a dent at Region and HQ level both.

The Gujarat Section has around 1300 members as per the statistics on the closing of year 2020. It was 600 in the year 2008.

SAMPARK (Reach out and engage)[edit | edit source]

This is a unique model of Gujarat Section for engaging student members. It started in 2006 under the guidance of Mr. Deepak Mathur, the then Chair of the IEEE Gujarat Section and Dr. Anil K Roy, the then Vice Chair.

Gujarat section was a small section at that time (we had over 200 students members only at that time), but our spirit was big.

We observed that a) Engagement of the volunteers, b) Value creation for the members and c) Empowerment by the section had been the points of concern for any section. You miss out on any of these and membership makes a nosedive as these are interwoven. We designed an experiment. In this we let the members decide themselves their wish-list:

  • What they want (list)?
  • Why they want (debate)?
  • When they want (prioritize)?
  • Whom they want (preference)?

This results into annual planning of each student branch. This event we call 'SAMPARK'.

Gujarat Section has been experimenting to achieve all these uniquely since last 10 years. Our student members organize an annual event named 'Sampark', meaning 'contact' in the year beginning. Old, new and potential student members gather together. ExCom members of the section, senior members and other professional members come to guide these bubbling volunteers and future engineers.

Full day they share their need, their experience with IEEE, what did they like and didn't, what are their expectations from the section. They share their successes and failures too. How do they plan and how do they execute? What are the best practices that yielded good dividend. It comprises of fun games, team building exercise, brainstorming and ultimately an open-house with ExCom of the section. It gets concluded by Section’s major actionable plan and felicitation of extraordinary volunteers.

The results of SAMPARK's synergy have been awesome. Now we have over 800 student members, 25 student branches (as against 5 in 2006) and 9 chapters (as against 2 in 2006). Gujarat Section's visibility increased multifold. Our volunteers received many awards and recognitions.

Our message is: WANT SYNERGY, ADOPT SAMPARK.

IEEE Gujarat Section has been organizing this annual event since last 10 years. The first Sampark was organized in 2006 in Gandhinagar. Subsequently it was organized at AMA, Ahmedabad (2007); ADIT Auditorium, VV Nagar (2008); Indroda Park, Gandhinagar (2009); Science City, Ahmedabad (2010); Greenwoods Resort, Ahmedabad (2011); Science City, Ahmedabad (2012), GCET Auditorium, VV Nagar (2013); Marwadi College, Rajkot (2014). In 2015 it is being organized in the campus of Shankersinh Vaghela Bapu Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. This is one of the most unique events organized for the students and by the students with a tagline "Reach Out and Engage". This gives all student branches an opportunity to interact with other members of the section, to learn the best practices form other student branches, to plan for the year in tandem and to demand from the section.

About Gujarat[edit | edit source]

Gujarat state is one of the India’s most progressive states as on date. It houses the Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Design, Institute of Plasma Research, Physical Research Laboratory, Space Application Centre of ISRO, Centre for Environment Education, CEPT, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) inter alia.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The Gujarat Section is part of Region 10 and has representation at the India Council. The Section was formed on 15 August 1990, and activity is centred around the city of Ahmedabad (અમદાવાદ ).

Archival documents[edit | edit source]