ACTIVITIES OF THE IEI QATAR CHAPTER

The visionaries amongst the engineers thought it necessary in the early twentieth century to establish in India a professional society encompassing all disciplines of engineers. The sapling planted in the 1920 has, by now, grown to a big tree and the track record of The Institution of Engineers (India) has been a matter of pride for all engineers.

 In the second decade of the last century India was embarking on industrialization. A report of the Industrial Commission in 1916 recognized the importance of the engineering profession. Proposals were mooted in 1918-19 for the formation of an Indian Society of Engineers. Finally the Institution of Engineers (India) was formed and registered at Madras in 1920. Sir Thomas Holland was one of the active participants leading to the establishment of the Institution and could be considered as its founder.

The Institution of Engineers (India) was registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1913 in the year 1920 and was formally inaugurated in 1921 by Lord Chelmsford, the then Viceroy and Governor General of India. The Institution of Engineers (India) was granted the Royal Charter of Incorporation 1935 by His Majesty the King George V of England in 1935, “to promote and advance the science, practice and business of engineering in all its branches in India”. Starting with this humble beginning, The Institution of Engineers (India) is now an unique professional body encompassing 15 engineering disciplines and with an overall membership of over 800,000

The Institution of Engineers (India) is the first professional body to represent India in several International Bodies, such as the World Mining Congress (WMC), the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the Commonwealth Engineers’ Council (CEC), the Federation Internationale du Beton (fib), and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA). It also has bilateral agreements with a number of professional societies across the globe.

The council of the Institution of the Engineers of India established on an overseas chapter in the State of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf in July 1991 for the benefit of its members residing and practising engineering profession in Qatar. The jurisdiction of the Qatar Chapter shall be the geographical boundaries of the State of Qatar. The Qatar Chapter operates under the sponsorship of the Indian Embassy in Qatar and under the patronage of the Ambassador of India. IEI Qatar Chapter was formally inaugurated on July 26, 1991 by the then President of IEI Mr. P. J. Mehta accompanied by SDG Mr. K. N. Mazumdar.

The aims and objectives of the chapter are to promote the general advancement of engineering and to facilitate exchange of opinion and ideas in engineering profession amongst Members of the Qatar Chapter and for that purpose

To promote co-operation and co-ordination among all Members residing in the State of Qatar and between the Chapter and the Headquarter of the Institution in India. All the members of the preparatory committee and the founding committee had contributed greatly in the formation of this chapter but exemplary contributions of Er. John Mathew, Er. AnimeshSarkar ,Er. U.U. Menon, Er. Debashis Royetc would be ever remembered.

Qatar Chapter has been providing support and counseling services to the Engineers in Qatar to become Corporate Members, Chartered Engineers and Professional Engineers of the Institution. Levels of Corporate Memberships are Fellow (FIE), Member (MIE), Associate  Member (AMIE).

The Institution records its appreciation of the services rendered by the Indian Embassy officials and the IBPC of their support. IEI Qatar Chapter has begun offering the Professional Engineering (PE) examination facilities in Qatar. PE certification has assumed a great significance after the formation of “Engineers Mobility Forum”, a global body for the free movement of Engineers holding PE certification of any member country with mutual recognition.

As Honorary Secretary of the Qatar Chapter, I consider it a privilege to present this overview of the activities since 51st Engineers Day celebration on 28thSeptember, 2018.

The Institution of Engineers (India) - Qatar Chapter had organized the 50th Engineers’ Day on 22.09.2017 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha. Mr.Hemant Kumar Dwivedi, First Secretary, Embassy of India was the Chief Guest and Dr. Ashok A. GhatolFormer Vice –Chancellor ,Dr. BabasahebAmbedkar Technological University was the keynote speaker. Among Guests of Honor were- Er. Ahmed Jassim Al-Jolo, the Chairman of the Federation of Arab. More than 250 engineers and invited dignitaries had attended this great event.

Full day workshop on “Contracts Management of International  Construction Projects under FIDIC Contracts” on Friday 3rd November 2017 at Hotel Radisson Blu. Eminent speaker Er. Sunil Kulkarni, Director – Contracts & Procurement at Qatari Diar, delivered an in-depth presentation, which was attended by 100 practicing Engineers from various contracting and consulting organizations.

Full day workshop on “Entrepreneurship Development Programme” on Friday, 1st Dec 2017 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Mr. Dilip N. Dharurkar, a successful entrepreneur and Managing Director- NAC Group of Industries, Aurangabad- India delivered an in-depth presentation, which was attended by 100 practicing Engineers from various contracting and consulting organizations

Full day Workshop on “Flow Network Design and Surge Analysis” on Friday, 23rd Feb 2018 at Hotel Oryx Rotana.Professor Arun Moharir, Chemical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai conducted four technical sessions.40 Engineers benefitted from the workshopIIT Mumbai announced special discount for online Piping Engineering Certificate Course to the members of IEI Qatar Chapter.

IEI Qatar Chapter gave a warm reception to its founder SecretaryEr. Animesh Sarkarat  Holiday Villa 23rd July, 2018.Members of the Past and Present Executive Committees, IEI Corporate Members (IEIans) attended the function.Founder SecretaryEr.Animesh Sarkar expressed his total satisfaction and happiness over the great/tremendous progress achieved by the Qatar Chapter after his departure from Doha 3 years ago. He congratulated the office bearers and the Executive Committees of all past and present committees of the Qatar Chapter in achieving this great feat and thanked the Indian Embassy for the support and guidance extended to this professional body since its concept and formation in Qatar. During his reception founder Chairman Er. John Mathew expressed his message over telephone from Bangalore.

A Technical Seminar on “Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Control” was held by the Qatar Chapter of The Institution of Engineers (India) at  ORYX ROTANA HOTEL  on Friday 1st June, 2018. The Seminar was well attended by around 100 member engineers. Er. Santhosh G Prabhu, General Manager (Sr. CP Engineer) of Middle East Engineering and Corrosion Control (MEECC), conducted the Technical Seminar on Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Control . He is a Certified NACE CP Technologist and a Member of NACE and ICorr.

A Technical Seminar on “Risk and Insurance in Construction Projects” was held by the Qatar Chapter of The Institution of Engineers (India) at  ORYX ROTANA HOTEL  on Friday 20th July, 2018. The Seminar was well attended by around 80 member engineers.Mr. Rishi S Iyengar, Vice President & Construction & Infrastructure Practice Leader, Marsh Qatar, conducted the Technical Seminar on Risk and Insurance in Construction Projects.  The seminar sponsored by  MARSH Qatar LLC, They are one of leading institutions in the field of Finance & Risk Management in Qatar.The seminar covered in the topics of  identify and manage risks in construction projects, types of risks inherent on construction projects such as financial, contractual, operational and environmental and can be caused by both internal and external sources.

The Institution of Engineers (India) Qatar Chapter was conducted 51st Engineers’ Day Theme Seminar on “Digital Transformation : A New Industrial Revolution”  at  ORYX ROTANA HOTEL  on Friday 10th August, 2018. The Seminar was well attended by around 100 plus member engineers.  Every year IEI QC celebrating theme seminar prior to their Engineers’ Day celebration.Mr. NagarajanNehruji, Director of Conserve Green Building & MEP Solutions is a seasoned Construction Professional with 16 years of experience all-round the life cycle of construction industry. He has graduated from Thyagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai in 2002. He is a part of many successful and iconic projects such as Barwa City, Barwa Commercial Avenue, etc..  Mr. K M BazeethAhamed is an USGBC LEED Faculty, Certified Energy Manager & Auditor, ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional & Consultant in Green Buildings. He has completed his Post Graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology in 2002 and has spent 18 years in Academics, Research, MEP Contracting, Energy Audits and Green Building Consultancy. He has trained around 4000 Professionals in various countries in different sectors of MEP and Green Buildings.

Annual General meeting was held by Qatar Chapter of The Institution of Engineers (India) on 29th  March 2018, at the Indian Cultural Centre. AGM was well attended by 34 member engineers.Er. Seenu Pillai, as an Election Officer conductedelection for new 12 members’ executive committee where 26 members contested.As a customary, Outgoing ChairmanEr.Aniruddha Kulkarni proposed names for office bearers and new executive committee members unanimously selected office bearer’s for next two years term during a meeting held on 04th April 2018 at ICC. Er. Abdul Sathar as Hon. Chairman, Er.NiranjanLimaye as Hon. Secretary and Er.Sajeeth George as Hon. Treasurer.Incoming Chairman, emphasized on continuing the legacy as a most dynamic overseas chapter of IEI for benefit of the engineering fraternity in Qatar.

The Institution of Engineers (India), Qatar Chapter held their 28th Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) on 30th July, 2018. Honorary Chairman Er. Abdul Sathar welcomed the gathering. He also talked about the active role the Qatar Chapter is playing in the professional development of its member engineers, outlining the forthcoming program. Chairman requested to all Engineers to take initiative to enroll for Corporate Membership.

Past Treasurer Er.VenuMadhav presented the Audited financial report for the year 2016-18 and Er. Sajeet George, Hon. Treasurer proposed budget for the year 2018-19 and were adopted unanimously. Hon. Chairman proposed Er. Seenu Pillai as Hon. Advisor of IEI Qatar Chapter.The event was compeered by Er.  Sunil Kulkarni..

We conducted the IEIansChapter monthly meetings in 2018, to support our AMIE aspirants providing them the online Library Facilities and necessary support for UPDA qualification process.

Since its inception, the Qatar Chapter of the Institution of Engineers (India) this overseas chapter has been rendering excellent professional services to the engineering community of Qatar in consistent to the objective of the Institution  uninterruptedly for last 27 years. One of the major activities is the regular technical seminars and workshop conducted for the member engineers in Qatar. It also promotes general advancement in engineering and technology, provides a platform for technical interaction for continuous professional development of the engineering community of Qatar.

On behalf of IEI Qatar Chapter, I extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors, all organizations and fellow engineers for their valuable support in our activities. We look forward to your continued support in the years to come, so we could be partners in progress.

As Qatar marches ahead in progress, as a premier wealth creation and knowledge creation center in the world, Institution of Engineers (India) Qatar Chapter will also march ahead and will continue to provide its fullest professional support in the endeavor.

Thank You

Dr. ABDUL HAMEED, FIE

Hon. Secretary, IEI QC