Continuing Education Congress
Kerala GOLD has been growing on an exponential curve this year with a wide array of activities, ranging from professional memberships to educational and student activities. Our objectives this year have been to intensify and diversify. Thus we have ensured to focus on professional members on the one side with events like the GOLD Congress and the Membership Drives, and also on students and academia through events like Continuing Education Congress (CEC) and STEP
The Kerala GOLD kicked off its activities for the year with the first ever GOLD Congress in the history of IEEE Kerala section which was held at Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, Trivandrum on 26th February 2011. The event was a resounding success .The entire Congress was centered on the theme ‘Bridging gaps, Expanding networks.’ The GOLD Congress did full justice to this focus and became an ideal venue to bridge the gap between the graduating students and the industry professionals and helped everyone present to expand their professional network.
We at Kerala GOLD, realizing the significant role Branch Counselors play in ensuring student membership retention after graduation, organized an exclusive training workshop for Student Branch Counselors across Kerala on 2nd April 2011 at Government Engineering College Thrissur. The workshop, handled by Ranjit R Nair, was the first ever of its kind in Kerala. Its participants became aware of the value of GOLD membership in professional life and were empowered with strategies retain student membership.
The IEEE Kerala Section GOLD Affinity Group in association with the LINK organized the Student Transition and Elevation Partnership (STEP) program on June 18th 2011 at Harbour View Residency, Cochin, Ernakulam. The program was hosted by IEEE Student branches of TKM college of Engineering, Kollam and TocH Institute of Science & Technology, Ernakulam. The program was centered on the theme ‘Thinking beyond cubicles and pay cheques’. The event had an excellent response and had a turnout of 32 Graduating Student members and 17 non GSM members.
PIIGOM-11, the Pan India IEEE GOLD officers meet 2011 held on the 19th of June 2011 became a milestone in the history of Region 10 GOLD activities and another golden feather in the cap of the Kerala GOLD affinity group. The event which was conceptualized and organized by IEEE Kerala Section GOLD at Hotel Grand Seasons, Cochin, Kerala, witnessed the participation of five affinity groups spread across the geographical span of India. The meeting was convened mainly to discuss the strategies and action plans of all the GOLD AGs in India with the objective to empower the activities of GOLD in India. The event had a record participation of five affinity groups out of the total seven in India namely Bombay Section, Madras Section, Hyderabad Section, Bangalore Section and the host Kerala Section.
The idea of the Continuing education Congresses (CEC) was born out of the necessity for attracting members of the academia to the marvelous world of opportunities that is IEEE. Selected for the R10 EAC Support fund this year, the CEC was one of the dream projects of Kerala GOLD. The CEC was organized at ToC H Institute of Science and Technology on 30th September and 1st October, 2011. The program was aimed at making the academia aware of IEEE and the plethora of opportunities available to them, and was conducted with the support of IEEE R10 Educational Activities, IEEE Kerala Section and GOLD. The workshop was attended by around 40 delegates from various engineering colleges.
E Scientia Uruguay, UAE, Gold Congress
Kerala GOLD took the initiative of organising the first ever TISP Workshop in Kerala exclusively for School Teachers and IEEE Volunteers after the launch of the TISP initiative by IEEE EAB in India in May 2011. A very strong contingent had attended the TISP Roll-Out at Hyderabad, and it was decided to take the initiative forward as soon as possible in Kerala.
TISP Workshop 2011
Kerala GOLD successfully conducted the first ever TISP workshop in Kerala on 16th July 2011 in association with IEEE TKMCE Student Branch, Kerala. The event was a proclaimed success with participation from 52 school teachers across South Kerala. The event was inaugurated by Honorable Labor minister of Kerala, Er.Shibu Baby John and had the esteemed presence of dignitaries from IEEE.
Annual Report 2011