The IET's India Director Shekhar Sanyal (left) and global President Barry Brooks, in Bangalore last week ( Photo: IndiaTechOnline)
For the IET, India is its largest unit outside the UK

Bangalore, March 6 - The India end of the  Institution of Engineering and Technology, (IET) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of technical information between the two organizations.
The MoU will  help the two organisations to  jointly plan technical lectures and develop programs, activities and materials aimed at enhancing the quality of engineering education in India. This will include forums, conferences, publications, standards, educational materials and awards.
This is just  one of the ways  the UK-headquartered IET --one of the world's largest multi-disciplinary professional societies of engineers and technicians -- is reaching out to the Indian engineering community as part of its global mission to "engineer a better world".
The organisation of over 160,000 has 40,000 members outside the UK -- and  India with over 10,000 members is now  its largest national concentration points out  IET President Barry Brooks.  He was speaking to IndiaTechOnline last week, on his first visit to this country after assuming the global leadership of IET  last year.
He pointed at the Institution's initiatives to "inspire, inform and influence"  the world's engineering community:  a million pounds sterling worth of awards and prizes each year;  a global network of 9000 Fellows and 4000 volunteers who reach out to under-represented sectors in society;  an online digital library of nearly 200,000 technical articles; a programme of authoritative lectures  and seminars world wide  averaging six a  day...
IET is taking its annual Energy lecture to Kolkata for the first time  -- on April 26, in the historic Town Hall -- Brooks added.
Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, the IET India said the key focus areas here were energy, transport and the ICT sector.  Since it set up The Institution has  formed close partnerships with the academia, engineering and technology organisations and professional bodies  in this country through an India Development Panel.