20th Anniversary of SAEINDIA - Report
20th Anniversary of SAEINDIA
On 18th March 2016 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien in Guindy Chennai, it was a grand assembly of Past and Present, Old and Young and Gen Next leaders from Automotive industry with eminent galaxy of Past Presidents of SAEINDIA and emerging young leaders from Sections & Divisions beaming with a sense of pride and personal satisfaction at the 20th anniversary of SAEINDIA. The Chairman of Infosys and Executive Vice-Chairman of Ashok Leyland Mr. Seshasayee graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Dr. Pawan Goenka, the prime architect of SAEINDIA in laying the foundation and building the organization brick by brick over the years was also there lending the evening a festive flavor.
The huge backdrop captured the growth of the 3 verticals and flagship programs in a capsule form and laid the right emphasis for the transformation of a caterpillar in to a fascinating butterfly ready to fly high with National and International programs and events.
Dr. Aravind Bharadwaj, President SAEINIDA welcomed the gathering and briefly walked down the memory lane and touched upon the significant events over the years and in particular the new programs and events organized in the last 2 years such as the recently concluded AWIM National Olympics, IVHM in Aerospace, Orbit Shifting Growth in Off Highway, Blue Ribbon CEO Conclave in every vertical, Automotive Round Table in all key locations, ITEC INDIA 2015 opening a new chapter in collaboration with IEEE IAS and as a clinching climax hosting the International Board of Directors of SAE for the first time in India.
This was followed by a Rendevouz with Past Presidents of SAEINDIA with Mr.Sumantra Barooah of Autocar Professional as moderator and the views of Past Presidents ranged on wide variety of issues including Road Engineering and Traffic management, Technology provider and Innovator, and Skills development for ready employment and certification programs which will enable easy absorption into the industry. Past Presidents also recalled the history and the challenges faced in the formative years which have been turned into opportunities for growth and development.
A video encapsulating 20 years journey was released capturing in a short clip the remarkable transformation of last 2 decades with programs and events exciting the young children, igniting the minds of engineering students, National and International Conferences hoisting SAEINDIA flag high like APAC 16 and SIMCOMVEC traversing a new trajectory in the growth path of SAEINDIA.
Mr.Seshasayee, the Chief Guest when asked to share his association with SAEINDIA, spoke with a passion on the subject comparing the growth of automotive industry with the analogy of human evolution over a millennium and how the transformation takes place with driverless connected vehicles like billion neuron cells in the human body connect the functions and activities with such minute and meticulous precision. He touched upon the parasitic losses and the thermal losses in engines that are yet to be overcome while the internal organs in a human body such as brain have evolved significantly to be highly efficient and effective.
He recalled his association with International Mobility Conference in 2005 and APAC 16 as Patron Steering Committee in 2011 with Dr.Pawan as Chairman all of which made a stunning impact on the mobility community and industry. He also extolled the programs like BAJA & SUPRA which have captured the imagination and excitement of Indian Engineering Students and especially AWIM where Ashok Leyland sent engineers as volunteers to educate young children besides generous sponsorship.
Reserving his compliment to Dr.Pawn Goenka to the end of his speech, he stated that he has always admired the stellar role Dr.Pawan has been playing in the growth of Mahindra and Dr.Pawn's brain child Scorpio was a path breaker and trend setter putting the company into the next orbit of growth.He added that Dr.Pawan richly deserves the Medal of Honor by FISITA and brings an element of pride to all of us as he is the 1st Indian chosen to receive the award. He wished Dr. Pawn Goenka and SAEINDIA a glorious future in the years to come and urged SAEINDIA leaders to seriously consider bridging the gender gap among engineers in the mobility industry.
Dr. Pawan, thanking Mr.Seshasayee for his tribute, described him as a powerful orator whose eloquence and mastery on any subject are difficult to match and shared his long association with SAEINDIA after being appointed as Advisor in 1994. He described the formation of Sections in West, North & South and SAEINDIA combining all these under one umbrella. He recollected a brief association with ARAI and SAE International in 1996 wherein the visiting SAE International President readily agreed to his proposal of giving SAE Paper numbers to the publications in SAEINDIA conferences giving them due International recognition. He took the opportunity to recognize in absentia the outstanding contribution of Mr. Murli Iyer from SAE International over the last 20 years in making SAEINDIA grow to what it is today. He also complimented BAJA program in the tough terrain which Mahindra has been sponsoring for the last 7 years and how it has become a flagship program attracting thousands of engineering students igniting their imagination and challenging them to design, build, and develop vehicles to perform insurmountable tasks in the adverse environment.
He also pointed out that India is trying to leapfrog from BS1V to BSV1, a transition which took global giants 10 years, in less than 4 years referring to the analogy to human anatomy by Mr.Seshasayee
He wanted SAEINDIA to focus on Professional Development Programs and introduce Certification programs which can help in knowledge dissemination and enrichment. He also wanted us to take the opportunity to organize FISITA 2018 World Automotive Congress on par with International standards proving to the world our capability and competence. He also answered few questions from the audience with wit and wisdom.
A brochure on FISITA World Congress 2018 was released to kick off the launch of the program and copies were distributed to the members on the dais. Dr.Pawn announced the theme for the Congress as “Disruptive Technology for Affordable and Sustainable Mobility ".
The Coffee Table Book “SAEINDIA Growth Story- A Journey for 20 years” was released by Mr. Seshasayee and the Past Presidents of SAEINDIA were honoured by the Chief Guest with a memento thanking them for their valuable contribution to the growth of SAEINDIA.