~: From the Desk of Chairman :~

Shri P. Vijayaraghavan

Greetings for a joyous festive season in ongoing 2012.

On behalf of IIChE, Baroda Regional Centre (BRC), I welcome you all at our regional center web site.

The development of chemical industry is essential for the country's economy and Gujarat State has more than 50% of it with the significant share in exports. Further growth and sustenance will largely depend upon the skills and knowledge of the people especially the "Chemical Engineering Professionals" guiding the entrepreneurial initiatives. This consists of not only the large manufacturers but also a very large network of small & medium scale industries with a bridge linking the Academic & Research Institutions surrounding them.

AGM held in September 2011 for IIChE-BRC was quite encouraging with so many members participating, openly discussing issues and giving valuable suggestions highlighting the present day challenges of safe operations, consistent product quality, cost competitiveness in cyclic market, complying environment and other regulations, skill upgradation, availability of quality manpower, etc. Sharing information in the website, conducting programmes on latest trends & technologies and organizing special coaching classes for expertise such as energy audits, safety audits are some of the forward path taken up for the upcoming year. We have eagerly worked forward for implementing these initiatives along with our upcoming regular events.

With an intent of supporting the wide network of small and medium scale industries we are happy to launch a discussion forum in our regional center website for seeking help regarding key issues, best practices, difficulties, problem faced, etc,. Any one can be a registered member and carve the benefit of this knowledge sharing platform. My sincere request to you all to try this and give your valuable feedback for improvements.

My compliments to Indian Oil Corporation Limited - Gujarat Refinery for organizing "SHARING YOUR SAFETY EXPERIENCES" in the month of December 2011 on the 27th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy. This programme was quite essential to enhance the awareness on process safety along with few case studies. It was well attended fulfilling our aim of making people believe that all such incidents are preventable. We also joined hands with Catalysis Society of India (CSI), Baroda Chapter & Department of Chemistry, MS University in organizing a National Seminar on "CATALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" in Jan 2012. I appreciate all the three Institutions and all those who contributed to this event. It was quite appropriate that we organized Prof N Subrahmanyam Oration in Chemical Engineering lecture by Shri Ashok Panjwani (Executive Director - UPL, Ankleshwar) on "INDIAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY AT CROSS-ROADS" on 7.4.2012 which happens to be a World Health Day. The slogan of this year's world health day is "GOOD HEALTH ADDS LIFE TO YEARS" and contribution of chemical engineering in this area is significant and well recognized.

All such events are framed in the past event snaps at our website. Further we are continually uploading upcoming events and news on our website. I am sure that new platform will be cherished by one and all in more fruitful manner. Let me remind you that record hits by visitors to our website will encourage our young team in the committee to contribute more and more.

Wish you all the very best.

Warm regards,

P. Vijayaraghavan

Chairman - IIChE BRC