IEEE ComSoc Delhi Chapter: Winner of the 2022 Chapter Achievement Award for Asia-Pacific Region

By Prashant Chugh - IEEE ComSoc Delhi Chapter Chair, India

IEEE Communications Society-Delhi Chapter received the year 2022 Chapter Achievement Award for achieving excellence in chapter activities and for contributions made in furthering the objectives of the IEEE Communications Society. This award recognized ComSoc-Delhi Chapter as the top-performing Chapter in IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific region. The award was given for the Chapter’s achievements in the year 2021. One of the major achievements was that the Chapter conducted about 50 technical events in the year 2021. To reach out to its members, Chapter Switched to virtual mode for most events as physical events were not possible due to COVID pandemic. Technical events were a combination of standalone lectures, lecture series of about a week, half -day webinars-cum-workshop, 2-day workshop.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Chapter organized under its WICE initiative: IEEE Women-in-Communication Engineering-Happy Hour to reach out to Women to join IEEE Communications Society. ComSoc-Delhi Chapter also encouraged Engineering students by means of starting Awards for Best Thesis in the area of Communications & Allied areas for Under-Graduate and Graduate Students.

Furthermore, Chapter increased Collaboration with other Delhi Section Chapters- Computer Chapter, Signal Processing Chapter, Computational Intelligence Chapter and IEEE Delhi Section, Industry Relation Committee (IRC)-Delhi Section, also with ComSoc- Bangalore Chapter, with ACM-India, Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE) for better outreach. Chapter also increased Collaboration with institutes in the area covered by Delhi Section. Activities were conducted in collaboration with NIT Hamirpur, IIIT Delhi, IIT Delhi, MAIT Delhi, DTU Delhi, Bharatiya Vidyapeeth Delhi, NSUT etc. Chapter also organized two half-day workshops on Industry-Academia interaction to ensure participation of Industry members.

Chapter Chair actively participated in on-line mode in ComSoc Membership Value Research Congress (MVRC) and shared ideas and thoughts as Chapter representative to strengthen the ComSoc and its reach. IEEE Day, a crucial event, was celebrated by organizing a ComSoc Virtual Distinguished Lecturer (VDL) talk on the subject “Machine Learning in Digital Medicine.” The subject was chosen considering there is a need of increased usage of communications and computing in digital medicine to be prepared in future for Covid-type pandemics. Besides, Chapter strengthened its Executive Committee considerably so that it could conduct better quality and increased number of technical events. Chapter also contributed towards IEEE DELCON conference organized by IEEE Delhi Section. Though the conference was in Feb 2022, a large part of preparation was done in 2021. Chapter contributed extensively in review of papers in the area of communications and computers, in being track chair of communications related track.

Overall, chapter was successful because its Executive Committee members reached out to all sections of its members and potential future members and collaborated with other IEEE OUs and other organizations for better outreach. It is hoped that success of the Delhi chapter shall motivate other chapters to excel.