IEEE to offer E-Membership

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will introduce e-membership in 2011, Mini Shaji Thomas, Vice-Chairperson of the Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGAB) of the organisation, has said.

In her inaugural address at the IEEE Link 5 celebrations held at the Model Engineering College (MEC) at Thrikkakara here on Thursday, Dr. Thomas said that e-membership will be available only in developing countries.

The membership fee is $50. She expressed the hope that the membership of the organisation would increase, with the introduction of the e-membership programme.

Dr. Thomas said the IEEE would open its office in India by October. The office, which would be set up in Bangalore, would focus on standards development, training and certification. She said the contact centre of the organisation has also become operational.

Elaborating on the goals set by the Member and Geographic Activities Board, Dr. Thomas said it includes portfolio development and developing tools for professional members.

Stating that the number of student branches of the IEEE across the world reached the 1,761 mark, she said the undergraduate membership was around 58,914. The Region 10 (that comprises India) has got 450 student branches.

She said the IEEE has already developed a training module for student branch secretaries. Dr. Thomas encouraged the students to participate in the IEEE ‘xtreme’ programming and the “president’s change the world” competitions.

The special programmes of Region 10 include the branch counsellor’s congress and section student congress.

Satish Babu, vice-chairman of IEEE Kerala section; S. Gopakumar, Kerala SAC advisor; Prijoe Philips Komattu, Link founder; Prasanna Venkatesan, IEEE R10 GINI coordinator; Visan Koshy Varghese, coordinator, South Asian Gold clustering programme; Eobin Alex George, chairman of IEEE MEC students’ branch; and Jaison Abey Sabu, Link 5 organising committee chairman, spoke.

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