IETE celebrates its 64th Foundation Day
India’s niche professional Society, Institution of Electronics and telecommunication Engineers celebrated its 64th Foundation Day on November 02, 2017. Foundation stone for the nationally recognized Institution was laid by Dr S Radhakrishnan, the then Vice President of India on 02 Nov 1953. Since then the Institution has grown from strength to strength and is now counted among the leading Professional societies devoted to the advancement of Science & technology in Electronics, Telecommunication, Information Technology, Computer Science and other related disciplines.
The theme chosen to commemorate this year’s IETE Foundation day was “Changing the World through Data Science”. The dignitaries included, Dr M P Poonia, Vice Chairman AICTE; Dr B K Murthy, Group Head, MeITY; Prof (Dr ) KTV Reddy , President IETE; Shri Gurjit Singh Butalia, Director (Technology) Aricent; Mrs Bina Sharma, CEO, Yukti Consulting; Prof M N Hoda, Chairman Technical Programmes & Publicity Committee(TPPC) and Maj Gen P K Jaggia, VSM ( Retd) Secretary General IETE. The event was attended by Past Presidents of IETE, Governing Council members of IETE, Govt departments, Defense services, industry and volunteers.
The overview of the programme was given by Prof M N Hoda, who traced the milestones achieved by IETE like celebrations of Silver Jubilee followed by Golden Jubilee impacting lives of more than I lakh students during its 64 years of existence. IETE is engaged in polishing skills via value added conferences and globally renowned publications. President IETE, Prof (Dr) KTV Reddy, in his address outlined the laudable aims and objectives of the Institution via its multidimensional activities, providing platform for creating awareness about latest technological trends at 63 Centres located in India including Nepal.
Chief Guest Dr Poonia, emphasized on building ‘enduring partnerships’ between industry and academia to leverage the emerging opportunities in view of digital transformation. He remarked that though industry is changing its paradigm in tune with global trends, educational institutions have yet to embrace the tempo. He rued that almost 50% educational infrastructure remains unutilized.
Dr Poonia announced that AICTE is revamping academic curricula to include latest topics like Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, to address the yawning gaps in the intellectual skill sets.
AICTE is also formulating Start-up policies to meet the aspirations of youth who are bubbling with new ideas. He emphasized that mentors are needs to guide the young generation and exhorted vast knowledge base of IETE senior members to shoulder this responsibility. He also appreciated IETE’s yeomen role in propagating the latest technological knowledge at nominal cost to students.
Dr B K Murthy, in his quite inimitable way allayed the fears of youngsters sitting in the audience lest they be overwhelmed by the latest jargon and feel left out. One needs to understand how to cope up with the change, for which continuous updating or re-skilling is the need of the hour at every level, whether student or a teacher. Many disruptive technologies are coming leading to job worries but the interesting thing is that internet provides opportunity to re-skill yourself via Online courses which are mostly free. He remarked that the same internet connectivity is enabling patients in remote areas to avail of medical consulting over phones.
Guest speaker Shri Gurjit Singh Butalia, remarked that Data Science known as statistics in earlier days has witnessed tremendous reduction in life cycle, via online connection of data. This
phenomenon called ‘Data driven Analytics’ gives useful feedback to implement real time action in practical situations. Today we have evolved from scarcity of data to explosion of data. To extract actionable knowledge from this vast data, there are tools like Cloud infrastructure, AI and algorithms, which are influencing our day-to-day lives. He cited the example of Google maps, used by cab companies like Uber and Ola. Self driving cars being tested in countries like Singapore, USA, Germany use ‘deep learning’ algorithms. Outlining the future trends he mentioned that Data Science will have useful applications in the areas of voice recognition, Computer Vision and Life sciences to enable us live healthy, long lives. He stated that ultimate use of Data Science will be to understand human behaviour to proactively manage conflicts.
Ms Bina Sharma mentioned that Data driven insight is central to provide strategic guidance in what she called as the 4th Industrial Revolution. Jobs will be created in the new areas, 5 year old children will be performing the jobs that we have never heard before. Dominant trend today is towards open source software because most organizations including start ups have limited budget, which prevents them to make upfront investment. Flexible work environment will be the order of the day which will give fresh opportunities to earn more. She urged everyone to look closely at the ten strategic technical trends predicted by technology Consultant Gartner. Data Scientists need to be students all their lives to manage agile environment created by technologies like Blockchain, Cognitive machines, Robotic workforce, Artificial Intelligence and so on. She outlined names of few overseas companies who specialize in providing Data Centric training.
It was a proud moment to welcome Shri Atul Garg, Fellow member of IETE based in Australia, who was instrumental in opening a new Professional Activity Centre ( PAC) in Perth. Shri Garg was felicitated for his yeomen services by President IETE. IETE also felicitated senior members who had long association with IETE. Members were: Shri Rajesh Kumar Arnold (F082719); Shri S S Madan (F-050510); Shri V P Sethi (F 009930); Shri Pooran Mal Bansal (F-054502) and Cmdre Naveen Chandra, VSM (Retd) (F 053481).
The programme concluded with a lively Hasya Kavi Sammelan, where four eminent poets regaled the IETE fraternity.