This year, the All India Students – Young Professionals – WIE Congress was held at LMNIIT, Jaipur from 7th-9th October. The three day fiesta proved to be a junction for IEEE members from all over India to network. The congress saw massive participation from each section with more than 250 delegates and a total of 25 informative as well as motivational sessions by the speakers. On each day, a chain of sessions awaited the delegates.The first day took off with a couple of common sessions followed by separate tracks for Students, WIE delegates and Young Professionals. A session was organised for graduating students as well as young professionals on the topic “How to build a community for Young Professionals ” and was taken up by Mr. Nivas Ravichandran, IEEE Region 10 Young Professionals Coordinator. The session commenced with a brief introduction by each attendee. This was followed by a discussion on submission of activities by young professionals and also the benefits and values of continuing IEEE membership after graduation. After this, Mr. Nivas Ravichandran addressed the challenges encountered by young professionals like increased fees, membership retention, growth pressures in industrial sector and lack of activities catering to professional needs . He further talked about funding opportunities for activities, the sections with new young professional affinity groups and how to get sponsors for ideas and many more related topics. After this, a video message by Mr. Gautam, Vice Chairperson, IEEE Young Professionals India Council was played on screen for the attendees. He addressed the common problems faced by young professionals, effect of this membership on career growth, balancing IEEE with career, industrial relations and many such topics.The session concluded with an open discussion, which provided a chance to attendees to put forward their queries and suggestions. After that, a token of gratitude was presented to Mr. Nivas Ravichandran. A total of 35 graduating students as well as young professionals attended the session.
By Prabhnoor Walia