The Indian Welding Society (IWS) Mangaluru centre has been inaugurated by Honorable Chancellor of Nitte Deemed to be University and President of Nitte Education trust Sri N. Vinaya Hegde on 16th March in the presence of office bearers of IWS head quarters, office bearers of the local centre, officials of BHEL Trichy, BEML KGF complex and local industries.
Sri N. Vinaya Hegde stressed the need for venturing into newer areas of technology that could provide employment opportunities. He mentioned that the mechanical engineering stream has to be restructured with newer technological inputs to attract the best students. Indian welding society (IWS) is a registered professional body devoted to welding in India with its head quarters at New Delhi and is promoted by Welding Professionals from leading Fabrication Industries, Academic & Research Institutes and progressive minded Welding Consumable & Equipment Manufacturers. IWS has the national membership of over 3600 and has 65 life members in the Mangaluru region. Hence it was felt necessary to form Mangaluru centre to bring all the welding professionals working in academics and industry together for interactions on a common platform.
The IWS Mangaluru centre is formed with patronage of Sri N. Vinaya Hegde. The office bearers of the centre have been selected for a two year term with Dr. Shashikantha Karinka Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering of NMAMIT as Chairman, Mr. MJ Shetty Managing Director of Lakshmi Cryogenics as Vice Chairman, Mr. Sudhir J. Shetty CEO of Varun Engineering Corporation as Secretary, Mr. Gajanan S Hegde, Deputy General Manager of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited as treasurer and additionally 9 Executive council members. It is proposed to have the local office in Nitte Education International at Pumpwell, Mangaluru.
After the inauguration there was a daylong seminar on the recent trends in welding by experts from IWS, attended by about 60 delegates from various industries and students from ITI, Diploma and Engineering institutions. The resource persons of the seminar are: Mr. G. Rajendran, Treasurer IWS, Mr. N. Rajasekaran, Secretary-IWS and Deputy General Manager of BHEL Trichy, Mr. Prashant Hegde, Sr. Manager Inspection department, OMPL Mangaluru, Mr. S. Singaravelu, Vice Chairman-IWS South Zone and Dr. G. Ravichandran, Former General Manager Welding Research Institute Trichy and Adjunct Professor NMAMIT.
The installation of office bearers of the Mangaluru Centre was performed by Sri S. Prabhakaran Vice President of IWS South Zone and General Manager of BHEL Trichy who also appreciated the initiatives taken by the Mangaluru centre in attracting good number of life members. Mr. N. Rajasekaran Secretary of IWS Head quarters performed felicitation of the newly installed office bearers and briefed about different activities of the Indian Welding Society. Prof. S. Gopinath, Past President of IWS and former Executive Director of BHEL Trichy gave an overview of the history of development of Mangaluru Centre. Prof Shashikantha Karinka welcomed the gathering. Prof. Muralidhara and Dr. Vijeesh Vijayan introduced the office bearers, Mr. Divijesh performed invocation and Mr. Sudhir J Shetty ended the programme with vote of thanks. Mr. Melwyn Castelino compered the programme.