IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization. IEEE’s roots, however, go back to 1884 when electricity was just beginning to become a major force in society.
IEEE Region 10
The IEEE Region 10, also sometimes referred as the Asia Pacific Region, comprises of 57 Sections, 6 Councils, 17 Sub-sections, 515 Chapters, 60 Affinity Groups and 958 Student Branches. It covers a geographical area stretching from South Korea and Japan in the north-east to New Zealand in the south, and Pakistan in the west. With a membership of 107,154, it is one of the largest regions in IEEE.
IEEE Kerala Section
IEEE activities in Kerala were formally initiated on February 17, 1975 as a subsection under the then India section. Kerala subsection became part of the Bangalore Section in 1976 upon formation of India Council, and later, it became a full Section in 1983.
From the outset, IEEE Kerala Section has been noted for its vibrant activities. Several innovations from IEEE Kerala Section in organizing activities for students as well as professionals were appreciated and replicated by the global IEEE community. Winner of Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Outstanding Large Section Award in 2004 and 2009, IEEE Kerala Section has been organizing high quality, high impact technical events including several international conferences in the recent past.
IEEE LINK (Local Integrated Network of IEEE Students) is an innovative concept that originated in IEEE Kerala Section, aimed at networking student branches in an effective way, thereby increasing the value in IEEE Student membership. Since its inception in 2005, LINK has achieved tremendous results, causing an exponential increase in student branches and student activities in IEEE Kerala Section. The model of IEEE LINK was adopted by IEEE Region 10 as R10 GINI (Global Integrated Network of IEEE Students).
Today IEEE LINK serves as a platform for students to interact and unify, and has generated several productive programs. The five-fold increase in the student membership of IEEE Kerala Section in a span of 5 years, speak volumes of the success of IEEE LINK. The success of IEEE LINK prompted R10 to introduce GINI (Global Integrated Network of IEEE) – an adaptation of IEEE LINK for R10 student branches.