IEEE Region 10 (Asia & Pacific) History

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IEEE (IRE) sections began to develop in the Asia-Pacific region prior to the formation of a Region 10 district. New Zealand started in 1968, Pakistan in 1968, India (Bombay) in 1969 and Tokyo in 1955 (as part of the IRE).


The inaugural steering director for Region 10 was Dr.Shigeo Shima of Japan who was offered this task for 1967-68 by the IEEE Assembly.  Then began establishment of IEEE Sections and the gradual development of a community of interest in the Asia-Pacific region.  The original definition of Region 10 was 'all remaining areas not included in the Regions 1 through 9'.

In 1971 Mr. Tatsuji Nomura of NHK Japan, the then director, took the initiative of forming a regional committee. The existing IEEE Sections in the region namely India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Tokyo were represented on that committee and the first meeting took place at the Peninsular Hotel, Hong Kong in early July 1971. That first meeting was exploratory. Section chairmen exchanged ideas and experiences and sought solutions to problems of Section administration and Section operation.

Since then the regional committee has met annually, somewhere in the region, on occasions with IEEE Headquarters officers present to assist and advise. Over these years committee evolved up to the present as the deliberating region.


The Region 10 Student Paper Contest, introduced in 1974, was the first major exercise undertaken on a region-wide basis The drafting and approval of the rules of the contest was the outcome of considerable study and discussion by the regional committee.  This was a natural development of the student activities function of the committee. Also innovated in the years leading up to 1974 were important section technical conferences in India, Japan and New Zealand. 

By 1976 section formation in the countries of the region was virtually complete. Moreover, in India where just one country section had been formed initially, new independent sections were being established in the important cities.

An important parallel development was the formation of multiple technical chapters of technical groups in Tokyo Section, where formation of new chapters has continued up to the present. Several chapters were also formed elsewhere in the region, in India and New Zealand. The formation of multiple IEEE Sections in India was followed by establishment of the all India IEEE Council, the first in Region 10 with Mr. Faqir Kohli, a past regional director, as founding chairman. The regional committee gave much study to educational activities and the arranging of lecture tours by distinguished IEEE speakers. Several such tours took place in the region.


In the period 1977-78 region 10 office bearers were apprehensive about the growing size of the regional committee and the mounting cost of staging the annual meeting. The increase in committee membership resulted in part from formation of additional sections in countries where one section existed already. As a reaction to this situation a special formula was hammered out covering reimbursement of costs to attendees from the regional treasury.

The regional committee from inception in 1971 through until the end of 1980 was in search of its identity and mission in the region and functioned by and large as a discussion group of elected section representatives without set parliamentary procedures and without an elected region 10 delegate. Preoccupation with side issues tended to inhibit the development of important objectives in the region.

In 1979, on the initiative of the serving director Dr.S.Y. King, the regional committee accepted the long overdue and task of drafting and approving a set of Region 10 Bylaws covering the election of Region 10 officers, voting procedures within the committee and the essentials of committee operation and management.

In 1979 the territory of the region was amended to exclude Africa which with the mutual agreement of other concerned was added to the territory of Region 8, namely Europe.


Under the newly introduced and approved Region 10 Bylaws the first Region 10 Delegate and Director to be elected was Dr. V. Prasad Kodali of New Delhi who took office in 1981.

Dr V Prasad Kodali, visiting the New South Wales Section members, Sydney (1981)

In 1981-82 the regional committee, with a new sense of purpose, gave considerable attention to forward planning and to improving the organization and administration of Region 10 to give effect to these plans. New programmes were instituted.

The Region 10 bylaws were amended in respect of election of vice chairman by the region. Procedural guidelines were introduced.

A significant first in 1981-82 for the region was the inception of TENCON, an international technical conference initiated and hosted by Hong Kong Section and co-sponsored by Region 10.

In 1981 the IEEE membership in Region 10 passed the 10,000 mark, a growth rate of better than 10 per cent having been sustained for many years. The prediction for 1984, the Centennial year was 15,000 members.

It is interesting to note that in 1971 the number of regional committee members was just 5 whereas a decade later in 1981-82 this number was 27. Also there were 8 special guests at the regional committee meeting held in 1982 in New Delhi, so the attendance possible had risen to 35. Special guests at that meeting included the IEEE President, General Manager, Vice President for Regional Activities, Vice President for Technical Activities, and Presidents of the Computer, AES, CHMT and MTT Technical Societies.

Plans were laid in 1981-82 for marking the Centennial ln 1984. These plans included preparations for "Blue Book History" publication of the Region 10 and for the Region to participate in commemorative activities. These plans were carried forward in 1983 and included preparations for the Region 10 Centennial Banquet which was held in Singapore during TENCON II.

Dr Harry Green was first “elected” Region 10 Director for 1983-84. This coincided with minor Region 10 boundary adjustments. Prior to 1983, all Region 10 directors were simply appointed for a fixed 2 year term by headquarters, while Regions 1 through 9 had all elected their representatives. This procedural update brought Region 10 under the same governance nd electrion rules that had applied to the rest of the IEEE, and in some ways allowed Region 10 to progress as a formally recognised region.

Recent activity


IEEE celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Three out of eight sections in Region 10 held celebrations sponsor by IEEEHQ, the Beijing, Tokyo and Bangalore Sections. As part of the celebration, R10 held Region 10 Student Congress in Singapore.

During his term of Directorship, Prof. Park promoted IEEE in Asia Pacific and the followings are some highlights.

  • Region 10 is the largest region and represents 21.2% of IEEE’s total membership.
  • R10 voting rate in IEEE 2010 Annual Election is 19.9%, the highest in IEEE where average global voting rate was 15.4%.
  • Sections with highest voting rates: Philippines (40.7%); Calcutta (32.4%) and Kharagpur (32.2%)
Membership type No. of members % Increase 2009-2011 Among IEEE OU as of 2011
Higher grade 50,755 9.25% 2nd highest
Graduate students 11,788 8.9% Highest
Undergraduate students 90,593 11.82% Highest

Region 10 Entities 

Entity - Office
Asia Pacific Operations Centre Singapore
Entity - Council Geocode Formed
Australia Council R0 05 30 May 1986
China Council R0 00 14 Jun 2007
India Council R0 01 20 May 1976
Japan Council R0 09 25 Jun 1999
New Zealand Council R0 03 22 Aug 1980
Korea Council (v1) 1997-2000
Korea Council (v2) 2009

The Korea Council was orginally disbanded in 2000 due to issues with bylaws, cooperation and misunderstandings. the R10 committee agreed to re-form the Council in 2009, with agreement from all Korean Sections. 

Entity - Section Geocode Formed
Australia Capital Territory R0 0561 18 Nov 1988
Bangalore R0 0119 13 Jul 1976
Bangladesh R0 0073 20 Nov 1993
Beijing R0 0251 1 Dec 1984
Bombay (Mumbai) 13 Jul 1976
Changwon 3 Feb 1991
Chengdu 18 Nov 2006
Daejeon R0 0067 17 Jun 1991
Delhi 13 May 1976
Fukuoka 14 Nov 1998
Gujarat 15 Aug 1990
Harbin 18 Nov 2006
Hiroshima 14 Nov 1998
Hong Kong R0 0007 14 Dec 1971
Hyderabad 14 May 1984
Indonesia 16 Feb 1988
Islamabad 12 Feb 2000
Kansai 14 Nov 1998
Karachi R0 0041 17 Jul 1982
Kerala 18 Nov 1983
Kharagpur 13 May 1985
Kolkata 28 Sep 1978
Kwangiu 24 Jun 2000
Lahore (was orginally Pakistan) 19 Sep 1968
Macau R0 0097 14 Nov 2003
Madras (Chennai) 28 Apr 1978
New South Wales (was Australia Section) R0 0509 16 Aug 1972
New Zealand Central 25 Aug 2007
New Zealand North 4 Dec 1980
New Zealand South 4 Dec 1980
Northern Australia (was North Qld) 29 Jan 1994
Queensland 22 Feb 1985
Republic of Philippines R0 0015 4 Dec 1974
Shin-etsu R0 0904 26 Jun 2006
Singapore 17 Jun 1977
South Australia 23 Aug 1985
Sri Lanka R0 0002 14 Nov 2003
Taegu 11 May 1992
Tainan 20 Jun 2003
Taipei 16 Oct 1974
Thailand 9 Nov 1977
Tokyo 5 Dec 1955
Uttar Pradesh 11 May 1992
Victorian R0 0543 12 Aug 1983
Vietnam R0 0016 14 Feb 2007
Western Australia R0 0547 24 May 1984
Wuhan R0 0218 14 Feb 2007
Xian R0 0212 18 Nov 2006

Membership Profile

Reghion 10 Membership History

Region Executive

Year Director Host Section
1967-1968 Shigeo Shima Japan
1969-1970 -
1971-1972 Tatsuji Nomura Japan
1973-1974 F C Kohli Bombay (India)
1975-1976 Hiroshi Shinkawa Japan
1977-1978 James J Vasseleu New South Wales (Australia
1979-1980 S Y King
1981-1982 V Prasad Kodali Hyderabad (India)
1983-1984 Harry E Green South Australia
1985-1986 Irving Ho
1987-1988 Ah Choy Liew Singapore
1989-1990 Morarji V. Chauhan
1991-1992 Souguil J M Ann Seoul (Korea)
1993-1994 Tsuneo Nakahara Tokyo (Japan)
1995-1996 Paul Y S Cheung Hong Kong
1997-1998 Harbans L Bajaj Delhi (India)
1999-2000 Takuo Sugano Tokyo (Japan)
2001-2002 Teck-Seng Low Singapore
2003-2004 Jung U Seo Seoul (Korea)
2005-2006 Seiichi Takeuchi Tokyo (Japan)
2007-2008 Janina Mazierska Northern Australia
2009-2010 Yong Jin Park
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Seoul (Korea)
2011-2012 Lawrence Wong Singapore
2012-2013 Toshio Fukuda Japan


Further Reading

Link to Region 10

IEEE Centennial Newsletter Region 10