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An Evening with 2012 IEEE President Elect Dr.Peter Staecker


Venue: College of Engineering, Trivandrum

Date: 14th Dec 2011

No of Participants: 90+


The students of IEEE LINK had the rare opportunity to spend an evening with IEEE President Elect 2012 Peter Staeckaer at College of Engineering, Trivandrum on 14th Dec 2011.


The session began by delivering the IEEE Code of Ethics. Er. Sasi P.M., Chair, IEEE Communication Society, Kerala Chapter and Past Chair of IEEE Kerala Section proposed the welcome address by greeting Dr. Peter Staecker and the other delegates to the event.


Er. Satish Babu, Chair Kerala Section gave the audience a brief insight into the IEEE Kerala Section and its activities. He focussed mainly on Humanitarian Technology, an area of wide relevance today. Citing examples like the Tsunami disaster of 2004 where the maps prepared by the Government were in fact unavailable during the evacuation and disaster management stage, he highlighted the need to bridge the gap with technology and humanitarian needs. In situations like this, technology, though advanced, fail to serve the humanity. He was however delighted to note that IEEE could make a huge difference in India in comparison to other nations. He felt the need for technology to reach millions and thereby be of value to everyone. He threw light on how Student Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) projects are being funded by IEEE.


Next were the humanitarian project presentations by students where two important projects that have won various accolades were showcased. First, Ramesh N Nair, Technical Coordinator, IEEE LINK, Amrita College of Engineering, Kollam presented his project on Intelligent Home Navigation System (IHNS) for the Elderly and Physically Challenged. The second one was by Sreevas S., LINK Technical Wing, College of Engineering, Trivandrum on LINK HTC Project where numerous volunteers of LINK took up the initiative and electrified a village in Kollam hitherto living under darkness.


Er. Amarnath Raja, Chair IEEE Humanitarian Technology Committee stressed on Humanitarian Challenges as the core area engineers should be focussing on. The key elements, according to him, while taking up such a challenge are supporting the needy with appropriate technology, sustaining it and enlightening all the engineers that ‘Your work is this!’ Such an endeavour would require a tie up with NGOs and funding agencies. The activities of Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), C-DAC all focus on this.

The Guest of Honour, Dr Peter Staecker, began the address by recalling the close bond he shared with his fellow competitor late Roger Pollard. He plans to do more of listening than talking during his initial part of tenure, he stated. With regard to his connection with IEEE, he said that the technical benefits of being an IEEEian made him continue in the organisation from the time he was a sophomore in 1963 to this day. The greatest experience he gained from the organisation is the opportunity to share the same platform with like-minded people from various cultural backgrounds. Throwing light on the research sector, he wondered if research should be restricted to a 9 to 5 job. He wanted every one of us to join hands in serving humanity for there is a massive increase in the people who need our service. He was delighted to answer queries from the participants.


Dr. Peter Staecker, then gave away the R10 awards to the winners. The web team of College of Engineering, Trivandrum received the 1st prize in the R10 Student Branch website contest. Mr. Ramesh Nair and team received the 2nd prize for the R10 paper contest.


Dr. Gopakumar, Principal, College of Engineering, Trivandrum addressed the gathering. He expressed his pride on being a member of the IEEE family and conveyed his interest in bringing more faculty members to this organisation. He also spoke on how keen the students were to take up humanitarian projects, which is indeed a positive trend. Dr. Suresh, Branch Counsellor, CET proposed the vote of thanks.


The day was no ordinary for the participants for it was an evening with the President of that large organisation that promises to the world an innovative scientific tomorrow.


A Report By

Harsha S


LINK Volunteer Pool (Documentation)



Web Development with Drupal

IEEE COMSOC Student Chapter of CET along with IEEE SB Younus College of Engineering conducted a workshop on “Web Development with Drupal” by Zyxware Technologies,  Trivandrum as part of Student Technical Awareness Conference (STAC) in Hub1.

Drupal is a free and open source content management system and content management framework package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization. It is maintained and developed by a community of 630,000+ users and developers.

The workshop was a huge success as the number of students participated exceeded the capacity of the lab. The online registration process had a good positive response which started on 4th August and closed a week before the event. About 50 students registered online and 41 students actually attended the workshop. Students from College of Engineering Trivandrum, Younus College of Engineering, Sree Chithira Thirunal College of Engineering, University College of Engineering Kariyavattom and Department of Computer Science, University of Kerala attended the workshop.

It was a purely technical hands-on Workshop. The Drupal platform is being increasingly used for constructing websites and web development and there are profound opportunities for students to work on internships and projects. Having the knowledge of Drupal will help students in their projects.


Morning session

The session began at 9.30am. After the registration the participants were allotted a computer. An introductory session on Drupal was held by by Nikhil Nambiar, Software Engineer from Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employement (SPACE). The participants were taught how to install Drupal in a local server. They were familiarized with different elements of Drupal like Modules, Contents, Site Building etc.


Afternoon session

In the afternoon session, participants explored Drupal in detail and dealt with site configuration and site management. The participants were given an assignment to create a website. The way everyone completed the work, proved how useful the workshop was. By the end of the afternoon session the participants were in a position to create and manage a website.


Evening session

The evening session was enlightened by Anoop John,CTO of Zyxware technologies with a brief introduction to Drupal development and programming with PHP. He is an Alumni of College of Engineering Trivandrum. He explained the Drupal internal architecture, fundamental concepts and workflows implemented in Drupal. He talked about the paths available for a student willing to work in Drupal development and gave useful tips. The session was very interactive and thought provoking. An interaction with someone like him who is so much familiar with development needs turned out to be very fruitful and motivating for the participants.

The workshop got over by 5 pm. The participants had a discussion on forming groups to work on Drupal and on future programs related to Drupal.


Hands behind the scene

The program was jointly organized by IEEE COMSOC student chapter CET and IEEE Student Branch of Younus College of Engineering with the support of Students of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CET .


Report by:

Nafseer K
Technical Coordinator
IEEE Student Branch
College of Engineering Trivandrum.

Group Discussion

IEEE Student branch CET conducted a group discussion on 17th March 2011. This programme was aimed at defining and clarifying the concepts of group discussion and interviews,explaining precisely their components so that the participants/members have a real perception of it. There were 42 participants for the programme including 1st,2nd and 3rd year students.The moderator of the GD was JERY ALTHAF(S8 AE),Ex- chairman of IEEESBCET.He has got placement offers from 3 companies, and is well aware of the concepts and methodologies of GD and Interview.The Program was coordinated by S4 students of Computer Science Nafseer,Arif,Gokul and Akhil Sasidharan.


A number of model GDs were held.The evaluation of performance of each of the participants were done.The participants really benefitted from the programme.They were able to gather many tips and clear many doubts.They were able to understand their strong and weak points.The winners were given attractive prizes.

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HUB1 WIE Congress 2011

HUB 1 WIE kick-started its events for the year 2011 with the HUB 1 WIE congress held at College of Engineering ,Trivandrum on 20th March 2011.The event drew a big response with the participation of 48 WIE members, the girls claiming a majority with a 4:1 ratio. The event witnessed the participation from 7 SBs of the HUB. The core theme of the event was “Empowering Women, Fostering technical innovation” and the focus was on bringing people together for a technical cause and nurturing their professional growth. The event was graced with the presence of eminent dignitaries like Smt Shanti.K.J, WIE Chair, Kerala Section, Mr Rajesh Kannan, Counsellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeedam, Mr Ranjit R Nair, GOLD Treasurer, Kerala Section and Ms Bhavna S N, WIE Coordinator, LINK. The event stood by its theme and was a grand success.


Inaugural Ceremony

The inauguration commenced with a short prayer. The IEEE code of ethics was rendered by Amita Prabhakaran , Joint Secretary ,IEEE SB CET. The welcome address was delivered by Sandhra Jose, WIE Chair, SB CET followed by the presidential address by Alka Isac , HUB 1, WIE Representative. The function was formally inaugurated by Smt. Shanti K J by lighting the ceremonial lamp. In her inaugural speech she shared with the crowd her personal experiences and cited the hurdles that women confront in their professional career .Mr Rajesh Kannan addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of education. The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks by Harsha S, Newsletter Editor, SBCET.

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WIE rocks in Pancharakaad!

‘Pancharakaad’-the haven of ‘lovebirds’, is out to be conquered by this ‘All girls team’, for WIE is conducting a tech-talk exclusively for the girls at this stereotyped spot every week. So its farewell to ‘Panchara’ and ‘Tech-talk’ is surely in!!!

WIE started off this programme on March 7th 2011 with a group discussion on ‘Mobile technology and the Spectrum’. What ensued was something we all could hardly comprehend. Defying all notions that Tech is simply not the arena for girls, everyone just came with a plethora of ideas on the topic. There was a participation of 18 students and the encouraging response from everyone is surely going to take this venture to great heights.

Initially, the participants were taken aback by all the people around ogling at them, for this is not a typical sight especially in ‘Pancharakaad’. But this is surely going to change for the session is out to be routine now. The others’ will simply get used to us!!So its cheers to the girls!!

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Industrial Visit

The new execom of IEEESBCET conducted its 1st industrial  visit on  29th January, 2011(Saturday).40 students in all from electrical, electronics,  applied and computer science were taken to  Kerala Electrical & Allied  Engineering Co. Ltd (KEL), Kundara. We set out  from college at 7 in the  morning  and paused  on the way for breakfast. We reached KEL by 9 and was greeted by the  GM; Mr.Sreekumar sir. We were assisted by the employees during the visit. Cast iron and scrap metals  were melted in an induction furnace and mild steel was made. The slag is  removed occasionally.


The various sands used in the foundry process were explained and the ways of mixing them was briefly  demonstrated.  Preparations for  moulding were demonstrated and the casting process was explained. The preparation of are done there. Pulleys (axial and alternator) and end shields are made here.


Next we visited the alternator section where rotor and stator are made. The 18mm thick steel sheet for yoke is supplied by SAIL. laminations of mild  steel were packed together on the rotor and pressure was applied to reduce  air gaps. Likewise  laminations of mild steel were used to make stator poles  too. The windings were laid on the stator and  Kraft paper was used as an insulator.

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