Professor Debatosh Guha is Professor at the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics at the University of Calcutta. He has spent two years at Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario as Visiting Research Professor, working largely on the development of various wireless antennae.
He is the present Chair of IEEE Kolkata Section and has served the same as Vice-Chancellor (2011-2012). He also served IEEE AP-MTT Kolkata Chapter as the Founding Chair (2004), Vice-Chair (2007-2009), and Chair (2010-2011). He has been associated with the organization of many other international conferences including EUCAP 2014 as Asia Liaison, EMTS 2013, and APCAP 2012.
On his visit to our campus, Team MM caught up with him to enquire regarding the formation of IEEE Students’ Body in the institute.
MM: What are the requirements that an institute has to fulfil to have a Student body of IEEE?
DG: It is quite simple. You can ask your professor or the head of the department to send us a mail. We will send you the entire procedure. This consists of a package. You can find all the details in there. To form the students’ body, you will need at least fifteen members. I think in an institute like NIT Rourkela, it is not difficult.
MM: How can IEEE boost research in the institute?
DG: Research is just one of the components of IEEE. It mainly serves as a network where you can come in touch with people in your area of interest. The students and the researchers are all a part of the network. All the students, teachers and researchers have to be part of this network.
MM: How can IEEE help students obtain internships?
DG: Internships are yet another part of this system. The students can always take help of this network to obtain internships. Almost every institute is a part of this network. You can also obtain individual membership into IEEE. This is also a network through which even the students can publish their research and papers. But, they all have to be affiliated to IEEE for doing so.
MM: What benefits can we get from establishing a Students’ Body?
DG: The student body can function like any other students’ society. They can organize competitions, seminars and workshops. It will serve as a platform for sharing of knowledge. The students will become actively involved in the world of electronics.
MM: What will be the constitution of this Students’ Body?
DG: All this information can be found from the brochure and the package. All the IEEE Students’ Bodies, however, follow certain convention and hierarchy.
MM: You visited our labs and facilities. What has been your impression?
DG: Yes, I visited two labs: the Microwave and Antennae Design Lab and Digital Signal Processing Lab. I was quite satisfied with them. They have been maintained at par with any national level institutes in the country. In fact, they are better than many out there. The Microwave and Antennae Design Lab is very spacious and well maintained.
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