Activities of IEEE R10 Bhutan Subsection
The first general meeting and 9th IEEE meeting among the members was held on 22nd December, 2020. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss and nominate the office bearers of 2021 for the subsection. Four office bearers were nominated and endorsed by the members as given below:
Chair – Mr Kamal Kumar Chapagai, Lecturer ECE Department Vice Chair – Ms. Kezang Dema, Lecturer IT Department Secretary- Mr. Manoj Chhetri, Lecturer IT Department Treasurer - Mr. Namgay Tenzin, Lecturer Electrical Department
The meeting also discussed way forward for the subsection and planned activities. The most important agenda was on organization of the international conference planned in February 2020 which was postponed indefinately. The conference was planned to be held on 5th and 6th of February 2021 in Virtual Mode.
International Conference on Science, Engineering and Technology (ICSciEnTec2020)
5th and 6th February 2021
The 1st International Conference on Science, Engineering and Technology (ICSciEnTec2020) was held on the 5th and 6th of February 2021 by the IEEE Bhutan Subsection with the center for renewal and sustainable energy development (CRSED) and Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Development Studies (CDRRCDS). The conference was dedicated to the Birth anniversary of his royal highness the Gyalsey. The conference aimed to bring together researchers from different domains of science and engineering to share their research findings.
At its initial conception in 2019, the conference was planned to take place on 5th and 6th of February 2020 at College of Science and Technology. With interested participants registering from various institutions in Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Australia, the conference participants were prepared to depart from their station while the speakers and guests were invited. However, a week before the conference, international travel ban in Bhutan due to increasing cases of COVID-19 around the world withheld the progress of the conference.
The conference was suspended for indefinite period without clear dates to reschedule. In the 9th IEEE meeting held on 22nd November 2020, the committee finally decided to organize it on the same dates in 2021. However, due to deteriorating pandemic situation, the conference was finally held online on the 5th and 6th of February 2021.
The Conference had four session with the keynote session delivered by Dr. Tshering C Dorji, CEO of Thimphu Techpark on Bhutan’s Journey towards Digital Transformation: the Past, Present and Future. He enlightened the audience on past, present and future of digital transformation in our country with need to further improve the connectivity to the outside world. He also presented the dream of Bhutan and its technological footprints for better connectivity in Bhutan.
The first sessions were chaired by Dr. Tshewang Lhendup, Asst. Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs, CST. A total of 7 technical papers were presented in the first session. Prof. David Cook from Australia presented on Asymmetrical Trusted Technology Networks in Developing Economies: A Case study on Critical Infrastructure in Bhutan. He focused on the need for stakeholders to work together to secure critical infrastructure. He elaborated on the interdependency of the infrastructure. This was followed by papers on Data Preparation for Dzongkha ASR by Mr Pema Galey; Assessing the Groundwater Quality of Rohingya Refugee Camp Cox Bazar Bangladesh by Prof. Nadim Khandekar; Airtightness of Modelling and optimization techniques of off-grid applications in developing countries by Mr Nawaraj Sanjel; Effect of Air Infiltration Rate on Energy Consumption – A study on Residential Building in Bebena, Thimphu by Ms Neelam Monger; The Facets of Green City by Jose Mathews; Landslide susceptibility mapping by the multi-criteria approach of Frequency ratio, Pairwise comparison- AHP and Logistic Regression: A case study in Phuentsholing, Bhutan by Dechen Wangchuk.
The second session was chaired by Mr. Tshewang Nidup, Lecturer and Program Leader ME in Construction Management. The session saw 8 presentations in A Case study on slope instability of Punatshangchhu Hydroelectric Project Authority-I dam in Bhutan by Rinchen Lhamo, Exploration of groundwater potential zones: a case study in Phuentsholing by Kezang Yuden, Bhutanese Ornamental Windows and Its Contribution to Inter-story Drift in Rammed Earth Structure - A Case Study by Nimesh Chhetri.
The other presentations were Stator earth fault detection & evaluation of delaminated stator bar ground wall insulation of generator G-4 of HPP Chhukha – A case study Rinchen Wangdi, Test for Inconsistency using Double Mass Curves on Precipitation data of Bhutan by Kirtan Adhikari, Electronic Voting System for Visually Impaired People by Dema Choki, Redesigning Direct Air Capture using Renewable Energy by Abhar Bhattarai and The Effects of Untreated Textile Effluents on Groundwater near Kodda Gazipur Industrial Area in Bangladesh by Faisal Fahad Rio
In the third session, Dr. Cheki Dorji, President CST and Chair ICSciEnTec2020 was the moderator and session chair. In this session, the presentations concentrated on researchers in electrical engineering concentrated in transformers to measuring the changes in environmental conditions around the world. A proposal on gamification of teaching learning process was also proposed.
The conference though reduced in scale, was a success with students, staff and audience joining in from various agencies in Bhutan. At its initial registration the conference had 50 registered presentations but in virtual mode, the presentations reduced to 26. The presenters were from Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Australia in domains of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Information technology, Civil Engineering and Architecture and Environment.
The conference organizing committee thanks the University, College, Presenters, Audience and Sponsors. The conference was jointly sponsored by Thimphu Techpark, Bank of Bhutan, Penden Cement Authority Limited, Bhutan Automation, MS Tshongkhang and Yangkhor IT Solution.
The first general meeting among the members was held on 14th February, 2020. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss and nominate the office bearers of 2021 for the subsection. Four office bearers were nominated and endorsed by the members as given below:
Chair – Mr. Tandin Wangchuk, Lecturer Vice Chair – Mr Kamal Kumar Chapagai, Lecturer Secretary – Ms. Kezang Dema, Associate Lecturer Treasurer- Mr. Manoj Chhetri, Associate Lecturer
The next general meeting was held on 29th June 2020 to discuss on way forward of ICSciEnTec2020 conference which was at halt due to pandemic COVID-19. The members decided to organize on February 2021 if the pandemic situation gets better. Other agenda includes the discussion on various activities that the members can coordinate during this pandemic situation.
The members could not conduct more general meetings due to COVID-19 and constant lockdown, nevertheless many were involved in various voluntary activities which will be covered in later section. Another general meeting was held on 7th August, 2020. The main agendas for the meeting was to discuss on our subsections’ interest to host R10 flagship conferences and also to share on 2020 R10 SYWL virtual congress.
Developing online Database Application
29th March, 2020 – 6th April, 2020
The subsection members helped an organization in developing online database to enter the details of evacuees who were affected due to COVID-19 situation.
3 subsection members were rigorously involved in this work.
Survey data collection from evacuees during COVID-19
15 members helped the local government in conducting the survey to collect the details of evacuees who were affected by pandemic COVID-19 situation.
Load and Unload of food essentials during COVID-19
24th March, 2020
10 members volunteered to help Food Corporation of Bhutan who supplies the food essentials to the people to load and unload their stock in different locations amidst COVID-19.
Development of Electric Fence Energizer prototype
1st April, 2020 – 1st May, 2020
There was a requirement to design and construct an electric fence energizer Motion detection and early warning system for border surveillance amidst COVID-19.
A total of 3 members from our subsection worked on it and completed their work within a month.
Satellite Development Workshop for faculty members
A workshop on satellite development using HEPTA Sat kit was given to 4 faculties of the college
Satellite Development Workshop for students
3rd December, 2019 – 6th December, 2019
A workshop on satellite development using HEPTA Sat kit was given to 4 students of the college
Workshop on Turnitin Plagiarism Software
2nd May, 2020
A workshop on Turnitin plagiarism software was given ton 15 faculties
Workshop on Turnitin Plagiarism Software
30th July, 2020
A second round of workshop on Turnitin plagiarism software was given to 18 faculties who missed the earlier session give on 2nd May, 2020.
9th May, 2020 to 10th May, 2020
A total of 34 third year students from BE in Information Technology made oral presentation on various fields related to Information Technology
Annal Student Research meet
24th August, 2020 to 26th August, 2020
The 3rd Annual Student Research meet was organized by the subsection in collaboration with the office of Dean of Research for 3 days using BigBlueButton platform.
12 best project groups from the final years presented their research findings to all students and staff of the college.
EYantra ideas competition 2019 – 2020
The subsection’s member coordinated the students and staff for the competition.
There were 6 groups consisting of 28 members who took part in the competition initially and all the groups couldn’t make up to the final. It took 3 months.
Eyantra Robotics Competition 2019 – 2020
Total of 24 students formed 6 groups to participated in the aforementioned competition.
One group made to the final which was conducted online
10th October, 2020
A free webinar was held on the theme “Challenges in teaching and learning in Engineering College (CST) during COVID-19” using zoom application.
There were 26 participants with a mixture of students and faculties.
Annual General Meeting
The first General meeting was held on 10th April 2019 with 10 members present. The main agenda of the meeting was to nominate the office bearers for the subsection. Four office bearers were nominated and endorsed by the members:
Chair – Mr. Roshan Chhetri, Asst. Professor Electrical Engineering Department , CST Vice Chair – Mr. Tandin Wangchuk, Lecturer IT Department, CST Secretary – Mr. Kamal Kumar Chapagai, Lecturer, ECE Department, CST Treasurer- Ms. Kezang Dema, IT Department, CST
The meeting also discussed on the International conference that the subsection wishes to organize and host in 2019/2020. International conference on Science, Engineering and Technology was conceptualized in this meeting.
There were two more special committee meeting on 11th April 2019 and 21st May 2019 to discuss on the details and the way forward for the conference. Most of the details including website, call for paper, location and technical committee were decided in these meetings and brought to the next general meeting.
Three more general meetings were called on 28th June 2019, 18th July 2019 and 16th October 2019 to work on the conference details, sponsors details and drafting the invitation letters for the conference.
Inter Collegiate programming contest.
18th May 2019
- A programming contest organized in collaboration with ACM student chapter for students in various colleges in Bhutan
- 10 teams with three members each from various colleges were selected through competitive round for the one day finals at the college. The teams participated in solving various problems and winners generated.
Seminars and Professional Development
- 30-31 October 2019
- Student Seminar on advances in Electrical Engineering in collaboration with the department of Electrical Engineering
- All 56 Final year students made individual oral presentations on various field under Electrical Engineering presenting various
- 18/10/2019 – Student Seminar on Various topics in Civil Engineering
- All 105 Final year students made individual oral presentations on various field under Civil Engineering presenting various
Innovation for Disaster Management Through the e-Yantra Lab Setup Initiative (eLSI)
24-26 July 2019
- A team of experts from various fields including disaster, embedded system, entrepreneur, GIS and robotics came together to resource design thinking workshop to 5 groups of teams comprising of mixture of faculty and student. The teams generated different ideas and came up with solution in the field of disaster management and made regular pitch to optimize their product. The final pitch was also attended by the Mayor of Phuentsholing City and Indian Consulate to Bhutan.
- A team of 25 participants and 10 guests attended the workshop.
Introduction to Robotics - Through the e-Yantra Lab Setup Initiative (eLSI)
19-21 June 2019
- Introduction to robotics was scheduled for faculty teams from four member colleges in Bhutan and one student group consisting of 4-members each. Two resource person from IIT Bombay gave the hands on training on Firebird-V.
- 26 members including participants and guests attended the workshop for three days.
Workshop on Familiarization of FabLAB
21 March 2019
- Workshop on Familiarization of FabLAB for both students and staff in collaboration with office of Dean Research, JICA and Bhutan FabLab and Department of ECE.
- All students in BE4ECE, BE4EE, BE4IT, BE5Arch and BE3ECE along with faculty of ECE, IT and Electrical Attended the workshop where the team from FabLAB presented on various tools in FabLAB and demonstrated their works.
- A total of 157 students, 16 staff and 6 guests attended the workshop.