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Minutes of the Biennial General Body Meeting of the ISHMT held on 29th December 2017 at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad


The Biennial General Body Meeting (GBM) of the ISHMT was held at TP Class Room (F101), BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, on the 29th December 2017 at 5:00 PM. 67 members attended the meeting.

Prof. M. P. Maiya-Secretary welcomed the members and requested Prof. Gautam Biswas- President to conduct the GBM.

The items discussed and resolutions passed are presented below:-

1. Confirmation of Minutes of Previous GBM:

The Minutes of the GBM of the society held at LPSC, ISRO, Trivandrum, on 18th December 2015 were discussed. Prof. C. Balaji proposed, Dr. Chennu Ranganayakulu seconded and the General Body confirmed the minutes unanimously.

2. Secretary's Report:

Prof. M P Maiya presented the Secretary’s Report. Dr. S. Sunil Kumar proposed that the report be accepted, Dr. K. N. Seetharamu seconded and the General Body accepted the report.

3. Treasurer's Report:

Prof. M. P. Maiya presented the Treasurer's report and financial statements on behalf of Prof. Arunn Narasimhan. Prof. Sarit Kumar Das proposed that the report be accepted, Prof. Pradip Dutta seconded and the General Body accepted the Treasurer's report.

4. Venue of the Next Conference:

Proposals to host IHMTC 2019 were presented by the representatives of the Indian Institute of Technology-Ropar and Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee. Both proposals were well received by the GBM members. The President suggested that one of the two Institutes may host the IHMTC 2019, which is to be decided by the incoming Executive Committee. The other Institute will be given the opportunity of hosting IHMTC in 2021. This will be endorsed in the GBM of 2019, if the other Institute remains committed to their proposal for becoming a host of IHMTC.

5. The Incoming Executive Council:

The Present Executive Council (EC) has completed two terms (four years) of office. Hence, as per the Statutes, the President ISHMT had constituted a Nomination Committee comprising of Mr. S.K. Mehta, Prof. M.V. Krishnamurhy, Prof. S.P. Sukhatme, Prof. S Srinivasa Murthy and Prof. R.B. Grover. Based on their recommendations, the President announced the incoming Executive Council for the next two year term as:

  • Prof. Pradip Dutta, IISc, Bangalore – President
  • Prof. S.V. Prabhu, IIT Bombay – Vice President
  • Prof. M. R. Ravi, IIT Delhi – Vice President
  • Dr. K. Velusamy, IGCAR – Vice President
  • Prof. Suman Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur – Vice President
  • Prof. B. S. V. Prasad Patnaik, IIT Madras – Secretary
  • Dr. Sunil Kumar, ISRO – Joint Secretary
  • Dr. Arvind Pattamatta, IIT Madras – Treasurer
  • Prof. Sameer Khandekar, IIT Kanpur – Member
  • Prof. Amit Agarwal, IIT Bombay – Member
  • Prof. Ramgopal, IIT Kharagpur – Member
  • Prof. C.B. Sobhan, NIT Calicut – Member

The General Body accepted the recommendations. The President thanked the members of the Nomination Committee for their wisdom, guidance and deep involvement in the wellness of the Society.

6. ISHMT Awards:

Prof. Gautam Biswas informed the general body about the expert committees constituted to select the awardees for Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize for young researchers and the Best Paper Awards to be presented at the conference.

The Committee for the Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize:

  • Prof. T. Sundararajan (Chairman)
  • Prof. Shripad T. Revankar (member)
  • Dr. Chennu Ranganayakulu (member)

Prof. Gautam Biswas informed that 5 nominations were received for the Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize. He announced that the committee recommended Dr. Amaresh Dalal, IIT Guwahati for the prize. The society congratulated Dr. Dalal on his achievement.

The Committee for the Prof. V. M. K. Sasthri and Prof. P. K. Sarma best paper awards:

  • Prof. T. Sundararajan (Chairman)
  • Dr. Sameer Khandekar (member)
  • Dr. Arvind Pattamatta (member)
  • Dr. M.P.Maiya (member)
  • Dr. Sunil Kumar (member)
  • Dr. Prasad Patnaik B.S.V. (member)
  • Dr. Sapthrashi Basu (member)
  • Dr. Raja Banerjee (member)

The President informed that the committee is working on the job and the winners will be announced during the valedictory function next day. The general body thanked both the committees.

7. Annual Membership Fee:

The general body unanimously agreed to the Secretary’s proposal of increasing the yearly membership fees from Rs. 200/- to Rs. 500/-.

8. Auditors for 2017-19:

The general body unanimously agreed for the ISHMT to continue with the present auditors (M/s Thirumalai Narasimman & Co., Chennai) for the next two years.

9. Agreement with Begell House:

The agreement with Begell House, Inc., USA for the establishment of the ISHMT Digital Library from the proceedings of the ISHMT-2017 Conference and publish it online was discussed. Several members expressed reservations for the complete proceedings to be published on line. It was recommended that only selected papers, after modification and peer review may be considered for publishing in the Digital Library. Consent of the Authors for this will have to be obtained before further processing the papers. The authors also will have to sign a Copyright Agreement with the Begell House. The incoming Executive Committee may take up this responsibility.

10. Partnership with AUTSE:

The general body unanimously agreed to the Secretary’s proposal of partnership of ISHMT with the Asian Union of Thermal Science and Engineering (AUTSE).

11. ISHMT Regional Chapter at Trivandrum (ISHMT-RCT):

ISHMT-RCT registered as a Society under the TC Charitable societies registration act 1955 on the 14th June 2016, TVM/TC/614/2016 located at LPSC, Valiamala, Trivandrum, PIN-695547 with Jurisdiction of Kerala, and two neighboring districts of Tamilnadu namely and Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli. The society reported the total number of life membership at 133. Dr. S. R. Shine, Secretary, ISHMT-RCT presented the activities of society.

12. Any other matter:

a. The recent passing away of Prof.S.C.Mishra was noted with regret. After paying respect to the departed senior member of ISHMT, the President announced the interest among some members to constitute a new ISHMT award in the name of Prof. S. C. Mishra. Prof. C. Balaji, IIT Madras has agreed to coordinate and take it forward.

b. Dr. S. R. Shine, Secretary, ISHMT-RCT presented the balance sheet of the previous conference - the 23rd National Heat and Mass Transfer Conference and 1st International ISHMT-ASTFE Heat and Mass Transfer Conference (IHMTC 2015). The General Body accepted the same.

c. The General Body unanimously passed resolution to thank Dr. S. Sunil Kumar for successfully organizing the IHMTC 2015 and donating the surplus of Rs.2,00,000/- to the ISHMT Corpus.

d. The President readout the email from Mr. S.K.Mehta, Founder-Member for discussion by the GBM. His suggestions are extracted below:-

  • I understand that there is provision for granting Fellowship to deserving members. I request the Society should take steps to consider this.
  • I feel that the Society's interaction with industry need to be enhanced greatly. For this I would like to suggest that there should be five VPs instead of four and one VP should be from industry.
  • There is also need to have a mechanism wherein the industry's problems in the development/ optimisation of heat & mass transfer processes/equipment or development

The General Body requested the incoming EC to consider all the above for possible implementation.

The meeting ended with thanks to the chair.

Approved by the President, ISHMT.

Minutes of the Biennial General Body Meeting of the ISHMT held on 18th December 2015 at VSSC, Trivandrum

The Biennial General Body Meeting (BGBM) of the ISHMT was held at HRD Hall of VSSC on 18th December 2015 at 5:00 pm. More than 60 members attended.

Prof. M. P. Maiya, Secretary welcomed all the members. After a silent prayer he requested the President to conduct the BGBM.

The items discussed and resolutions passed are presented below:

1. The Minutes of the BGBM of the society held at IIT Kharagpur on 29th December 2013 were confirmed unanimously.

2. Prof. M P Maiya presented the Secretary’s report. Prof. M.V. Krishna Murthy proposed that the report be accepted, Prof. C. Balaji seconded it and the General Body accepted the report.

3. Prof. M. P. Maiya presented the Treasurer's report and financial statements on behalf of Prof. Arunn Narasimhan. A query was raised about the return of Rs 2,00,000 that was advanced by ISHMT to IIT Kharagpur towards 22nd IHMTC Conference. Subject to the clarification of above query, Prof. T. Sundararajan proposed that the report be accepted, Prof. P. Muthukumar seconded and the General Body accepted the Treasurer's report.

Consequent to the above query, the Treasurer got the clarifications from the auditor as follows.

“We found from the bank statement that the above said amount has been returned to the ISHMT, Chennai, which stood credited to its savings bank account #10620824430 on 23rd May 2014 via NEFT (Ref. from the pass book: NEFT SYNB #P14052313625391#ISHMT 2013 dated 23-05-2014) . The same amount has been once again given as advance for the 23rd National and 1st International ISHMT-ASTFE Heat and Mass Transfer Conference, LPSC, ISRO on 20th August 2014 via NEFT. The entry related to this transaction was made as “advance given” instead of “advance taken”. On getting clarification from the office of ISHMT, Chennai, we have shown the said item in the revised balance sheet given for the financial year 2014-2015.”

4. The general body discussed the proposal presented by BITS-Pilani University, Hyderabad Campus. However, the discussions did not converge to a logical conclusion. Finally the General Body recommended to have more discussions among the members of the executive committee keeping in mind the need of critical manpower comprising of experts in the field, at the host institute in order to organize a conference of such a stature.

5. Executive council (EC): The present EC consists of the following members.

  • Prof. Gautam Biswas, IIT Guwahati – President
  • Prof. Kannan N. Iyer, IIT Bombay – Vice President
  • Dr. Chennu Ranganayakulu, ADA – Vice President
  • Dr. A. K. Nayak, BARC – Vice President
  • Shri. P. Selvaraj, IGCAR – Vice President
  • Prof. M. P. Maiya, IIT Madras – Secretary
  • Prof. P. K. Das, IIT Kharagpur – Joint Secretary
  • Prof. Arunn Narasimhan, IIT Madras – Treasurer
  • Prof. M. R. Ravi, IIT Delhi, New Delhi – Member
  • Shri. N.V. Ramesh, Larsen & Turbo Limited – Member
  • Prof. Suman Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur – Member
  • Dr. S. Sunil Kumar, LPSC, ISRO, Trivandrum – Member

The above EC completes a term of office of 2 years and all members of the council are eligible to be re nominated for a further period of 2 years. Prof. M V Krishna Murthy proposed that the term of office of the present committee be extended by another 2 years. Prof. S Srinivasa Murthy seconded the proposal. The BGBM accepted the proposal.

6. Prizes and Awards: Prof. Gautam Biswas informed the general body about the expert committees constituted to select the awardees for Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize for young researchers and the Best Paper Awards to be presented at the conference.

Committee for the Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize:

  • Prof. M.V. Krishna Murthy (Chairman)
  • Dr. Amrut Ambirajan (member)
  • Dr. P. Nithiarasu (member)
  • Dr. T. Sundararajan (member)

Prof. Gautam Biswas informed that 7 nominations were received for the Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize. He announced that the committee recommended Dr. Saptarshi Basu for the prize. The society congratulated Dr. Saptarshi Basu on his achievement.

Committee for the Prof. V. M. K. Sasthri and the Proif. P. K. Sarma best paper awards:

  • Prof. S. Srinivasa Murthy (Chairman)
  • Dr. C. Balaji (member)
  • Dr. Sameer Khandekar (member)
  • Dr. Amith Agarwal (member)
  • Dr. K. Veluswamy (member)
  • Dr. P. Veluswamy (member)
  • Dr. K Arul Prakash (member)
  • Dr. Sapthrashi Basu (member)
  • Dr. Ramesh Narayanaswamy (member)
  • Dr. Amrut Ambirajan (member)
  • Dr. T. Sundararajan (member)

7. The general body unanimously agreed to the Secretary’s proposal of sending the communications to the society members only by email.

8. The general body unanimously agreed that ISHMT shall continue with the same auditors (M/s Thirumalai Narasimhan & Co., Chennai) for the next two years.

9. Under any other matter with the permission of the chair, the following are discussed and adopted.

  • The generally body formally thanked VSSC, Trivandrum in general and Dr. S. Sunil Kumar, organizing secretary and his team in particular for the excellent planning and arrangements, and the successful conduct of the conference.
  • The general body unanimously agreed to extend the validity of the nominations received for Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize to immediate next term, provided other conditions are satisfied. The candidate can update the credentials.
  • The general body has emphasized the organizers of the conference to submit the audited financial statements for the society records.
  • The general body unanimously agreed for hosting of research papers published in the previous conferences in the ISHMT website.
  • The general body unanimously agreed to upload members’ profiles with link to their personal URL.
  • The general body unanimously agreed to give link to other society websites in ISHMT website on reciprocal basis for mutual benefits.
  • The President suggested a bimonthly e- newsletter “Heat and Mass Transfer News”. It is to be made very simple. Student volunteers from institutes coordinated by a faculty representative and editor from HQ can bring out the e- newsletter on regular basis.
  • Local Chapters can be formed with a minimum of 20 members. Bylaws and rules are to be framed.

The meeting ended with thanks to the chair.

Approved by the President, ISHMT.

Minutes of the General Body Meeting of the ISHMT held on 29th December 2013 at IIT Kharagpur

The General Body Meeting of the ISHMT was held at Gargi Seminar Hall of IIT Kharagpur on 29th Dec 2013 at 6:30 pm. More than 70 members were present during the start of the meeting.

Dr. R.B. Grover, President ISHMT welcomed the general body. Before beginning the proceedings, an important agenda item about continuation of auditors of the society for the next two years was added to the agenda.

The items discussed and resolutions passed are presented below:

1. The Minutes of the GBM of the society held at IIT Madras on 29th Dec 2011 were confirmed unanimously.

2. Prof. C. Balaji presented the Secretary’s report. Prof.M.V. Krishnamurthy proposed that the report is accepted and this motion was seconded by Prof. B.V.S.S.S. Prasad. The General Body then accepted the report.

3. Prof. C. Balaji presented the Treasurer's report on behalf of Prof. K. Srinivasan and highlighted the key points in the financial statement. Prof.Sujoy Saha proposed that the report be accepted and Prof. Ramesh Narayanswamy seconded it. The General Body accepted the Treasurer's report.

4. The venue for next ISHMT-ASME Heat and Mass Transfer Conference was discussed. Dr. Sunil Kumar, Scientist G, LPSC, ISRO, Trivandrum presented his proposal for conducting the conference at LPSC, ISRO Trivandrum. The General Body unanimously agreed to the proposal. Accordingly, the next conference will be held at LPSC, Valiamala, Trivandrum in December 2015. Dr. Sunil Kumar will announce the exact dates after discussions with the administration at LPSC, Valiamala.

5. The Present Executive Council (EC) has completed four years of office. Dr. Grover, President announced that a nominating committee consisting of the following member was constituted.

  • Mr.S.K. Mehta, Chairman
  • Prof.S.P. Sukhatme, Member
  • Prof.M.V.Krishnamurthy, Member
  • Prof.S.P. Venkateshan, Member
  • Prof.Souvik Bhattacharya, Member

After an elaborate consultation exercise, the nominations committee gave a recommendation that was announced by the President. The composition of the new Executive Council is as follows,

Executive Council, 2013-2015:

  • President - Prof. Gautam Biswas, IIT Kanpur (Presently Director, IIT Guwahati).
  • Vice President - Prof. Kannan Iyer, IIT Bombay. Dr.Ranganayakulu, ADA, Bangalore. Dr.Nayak, BARC, Bombay Shri. Selvaraj, IGCAR, Kalpakkam.
  • Secretary - Prof.M.P.Maiya, IIT Madras.
  • Joint Secretary - Prof.P.K.Das, IIT Kharagpur.
  • Treasurer - Prof. Arunn Narasimhan, IIT Madras.
  • Members - Prof.M.R.Ravi, IIT Delhi. Shri.N.V. Ramesh, L&T, Mumbai.

The nominating committee also recommended that the President designate can co-opt two additional members if he desires. General Body Meeting unanimously approved the constitution of the new Executive Council.

6. Prizes and Awards:

Dr. Grover informed the general body about the expert committees constituted to select the awardees for Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize for young researchers and for the Best Paper Awards to be presented at the conference.

Committee for selecting the winner of the K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize

  • Prof. M.V. Krishnamurthy (Chairman)
  • Prof. S.K. Som
  • Prof. B.V.S.S.S. Prasad

Committee for selecting papers for Best Paper Awards

  • Prof. Souvik Bhattacharya, IIT Kharagpur (Chairman)
  • Prof. Subhash C. Mishra (IIT Guwahati)
  • Prof. Amitabh Narain (Michigan Technological University)
  • Prof. Achintya Mukhopadhyay (Jadavpur University)
  • Dr. B. Premachandran (IIT Delhi)
  • Dr. P. Muthukumar (IIT Guwahati)
  • Dr. Ranganayakulu (ADA Bangalore)
  • Dr. Anandaroop Bhattacharya (GE Bangalore)

Dr. Grover stated that the 6 nominations were received for the Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and prize, and announced that Dr. Amit Agarwal of IIT Bombay has been selected as the winner. A representative from IIT Bombay received the prize on behalf of Dr.Agrawal. The society congratulates Dr. Agarwal on his achievement.

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharya announced the best paper awards at the end of the conference and commended the high standards of papers presented in the conference. The winners of the best paper awards are as follows:

  • Prof. V.M.K. Sastri Best Paper Awards:

    “DOMINANT OSCILLATION MODES IN A RADIATIVELY HEATED ACOUSTICALLY LEVITATED DROPLET”, by Apratim Sanyal, Saptarshi Basu and Ranganathan Kumar (Paper No: 1300257) (Presented by Apratim Sanyal)

    “A SIMPLE THERMAL MODEL TO CHARACTERIZE THE FLATTENING EFFECT OF A HEAT GENERATING ROD IN A CHANNEL”, by Antarip Poddar, Rukmava Chatterjee, Koushik Ghosh, Achintya Mukhopadhyay and Swarnendu Sen (Paper No: 1300424) (Presented by Antarip Poddar)

  • Prof. P.K.Sharma Best Paper Award was awarded to Bikram Bhatia, Hanna Cho and J. Karthik their paper titled ” ENERGY CONVERSION FROM BaTiO3 THIN FILMS USING THE PYROELECTRIC ERICSSON CYCLE”. (Presented by Bikram Bhatia)

7. Secretary informed that the spadework has been done for hosting a website for ISHMT and that a functional website will be ready in three months time.

Action(s) Taken/Scheduled: With regard to database of members, the email addresses of all members present in the GBM were collected in the attendance sheets. Secretary informed that website is under Preparation.

8. The issue of selecting some papers for the ISHMT Conferences and publishing them in special issues of reputed journals was discussed in detail. It was decided that the above is a welcome step and the GBM gave its in principle approval. The GBM further resolved that the organizing Secretaries along with ISHMT can work out modalities like selection of topics for the special issue, papers to be chosen with the editorial board of the journals concerned.

9. The general body resolved unanimously that ISHMT shall continue with the same auditors (M/s Thirumalai Narasimhan & Co., Chennai) for the next two years.

10. The GBM formally thanked IIT Kharagpur and the organizing secretaries, Profs. P.K. Das and Suman Chakraborty for the successful conduct of the conference and for the excellent arrangements they made to make the stay of the delegates pleasant and comfortable.

The meeting ended with thanks to the chair.

Minutes of the General Body Meeting of the ISHMT held on 29 Dec 2011 at IIT Madras

The General Body Meeting of the ISHMT was held at IC&SR Auditorium of IIT Madras on 29th Dec 2011 at 5:30 pm. More than 40 members were present during the start of the meeting.

Dr. R.B. Grover, President ISHMT welcomed the general body. Before beginning the proceedings, an important agenda item about continuation of auditors of the society for the next two years was added to the agenda.

The items discussed and resolutions passed are presented below:

1. The Minutes of the GBM of the society held at Nuclear Power Corporation of India. On Tuesday, 4th Jan 2010 were confirmed unanimously.

2. Prof. C. Balaji presented the secretary’s report.

3. Prof. K. Srinivasan presented the treasurer's report and highlighted the key points in the financial statement.

4. With regard to database of members, it was resolved to have a new website for ISHMT. Modern web developments such was electronic payment for membership, conference registration, automated paper submission and reviewing systems were discussed.

Action(s) Taken/Scheduled: With regard to database of members, the email addresses of all members present in the GBM were collected in the attendance sheets. Modalities for a new website are to be worked out. The web based services would also be looked into.

5. A discussion on membership procedure and membership fee followed. It was decided to increase the Life-Membership fee to Rs. 2500 w.e.f 1/1/2012 and review the decision after a few years. The existing members may voluntarily pay the difference (that is, Rs. 1500) to the society.

Action(s) Taken/Scheduled: Mails to be sent to members requesting for the voluntary payment.

6. The General Body discussed prizes and awards endowments. Some prizes have lower amounts of cash prize than others, due to difference in initial amounts of endowments at various points of time. It was resolved that this year, the two Best Paper Awards (namely, Prof. VMK Sastri Best Paper Award and Prof. P.K. Sharma Best Paper Award) would carry equal cash prize of Rs. 5000/- each. This will be reviewed periodically and appropriate policy will be evolved. It was also resolved that new awards, cash prizes and endowments shall be instituted only if sufficient money is accrued.

7. The venue for next ISHMT-ASME Heat and Mass Transfer Conference was discussed. Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya presented his proposal for conducting the conference at IIT Kharagpur. The General Body unanimously agreed to the proposal. Accordingly, the conference will be held at IIT Kharagpur in December 2013, and the tentative dates are 27-29 Dec 2013. Prof. Bhattacharyya will announce the exact dates after discussions with IIT Kharagpur authorities. Prof. Sumanth Acharya will serve as ASME representative for the conference. Dr. Grover requested the Secretary to formulate criteria with regard to expertise in heat and mass transfer and infrastructural facilities that must be available at the selected venue of the conference. This criteria will then be used as a guide in selecting conference venue in the future.

Action(s) Taken/Scheduled:

  • Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya to decide the exact dates of ISHMT-ASME Heat and Mass Transfer Conference, Dec 2013.
  • ISHMT Secretary to formulate criteria for selection of ISHMT conference venues in future.

8. The General Body took up the matter of re-nomination of the existing office bearers for one more term of 2 years (Jan 2012 - Dec 2013). Prof. S.P. Venkateshan Proposed the re-nomination of the existing members for the second term and Prof. M.V. Krishnamurthy Seconded it. Thus, the term of the current Executive Committee of ISHMT is extended until Dec 2013.

9.Prizes and Awards:

Dr. Grover informed the general body about the expert committees constituted to select the awardees for Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and award for young researchers and for the Best Paper Awards.

Committee for Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and award

  • Prof. M.V. Krishnamurthy
  • Prof. Gautam Biswas
  • Prof. P.K. Vijayan

Committee for selecting papers for Best Paper Awards

  • Prof. S.P. Venkateshan
  • Prof. Subhash C. Mishra
  • Dr. K. Velusamy

Prof. M.V. Krishnamurthy announced the Prof. K.N. Seetharamu medal and award. He stated that the committee received four nominations and all the four nominees were excellent in their respective research in various topics of Heat and Mass Transfer. He announced that Prof. Suman Chakraborthy has been selected as the winner of the award. Since Prof. Suman Chakraborthy was not present, Prof. P.K. Das of IIT Kharagpur received the prize on his behalf. As per the award rules, the other nominations will be considered for the next time, provided they satisfy the age criterion at that point of time.

Prof. S.P. Venkateshan announced the best paper awards at the end of the conference and commended the high standards of papers presented in the Conference. The winners of the best paper awards are as follows:

  • Prof. V.M.K. Sastri Best Paper Award was awarded to Mr. Vinayak Malhotra and Dr. Amit Kumar for their paper titled "Effect of gas phase heat sink on downward flame spread over thin solid fuels."
  • Prof. P.K. Sharma Best Paper Award was awarded to Prof. Shripad T. Revankar, Seungmin, O.H., Wenzhong Zhou, and Gavin Henderson for their paper titled "Experimental data for single and multi tube condenser systems with effects of non-condensables."

10. The general body also resolved unanimously that ISHMT shall continue with the same auditors (M/s Thirumalai Narasimhan & Co., Chennai) for the next two years.

The meeting ended with thanks to the chair.

Minutes of the GBM of the Society held at Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai on Tuesday 4th January 2010, on the occasion of the 20th ISHMT and 9th ISHMT ASME Heat and Mass Transfer Conference

The President of the Society Prof.S.Srinvasa Murthy welcomed the members to the GBM. At the outset, he thanked IIT Bombay and NPCIL for co-hosting the current conference and expressed the wholehearted appreciation of the Society for the format and conduct of the conference that was designed along the lines of the well known international meets.

1. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS GBM

The first item of the agenda for the GBM was the confmnation of the minutes of the earlier GBM held at JNTU Hyderabad in January 2008. The President highlighted the salient points of the agenda of the previous meeting.

After due discussion, the minutes of the previous GBM were confirmed with Prof.B.V.S.S.S.Prasad proposing the acceptance and Prof.R.K.Shah seconding it.

Prof.Murthy stressed on the need to reconstitute the Governing Council of the Society, which was originally constituted in 1971. Subsequently, the council has not been changed and quite a few members are. not active at present arid some are unfortunately no more. He further noted that according to the statutes, a third of the members have to retire once in two years, which again has not happened since the inception of the Society. Prof.Murthy mentioned that all the. data in this regard will be passed to the new Executive Council (EC) and wished an expedited action in this matter.

The President was happy to inform the members that Prof.K.V.Sharma had transferred a surplus amount of Rs.1.95 lakhs generated from the previous conference held at JNTU Hyderabad.

2. ISHMT AWARDS

The President announced that a committee consisting of Professors M.V.Krishnamurthy, A.W.Date and S.P.Venkateshan was constituted to select a young researcher for the Prof.K.N.Seetharamu Award and Medal. It was mentioned that there were four nominations of very high quality, The Committee had suggested that the nominations of unsuccessful candidates can be kept open for another two years and reconsidered at the subsequent conference, subject to the candidates satisfying the other conditions of the award (mainly age limit). This was agreed by the GBM.

He also announced the name of the winner of the award as Dr. Sameer Khandekar of IIT Kanpur. The prize was thereupon handed over to Dr.Khandekar by Prof. A.W.Date, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the Current Conference.

Prof. Murthy also informed the members that committees constituted for the other awards were currently on their job and that the winners would be announced during the valedictory function on 6th January 2010. Furthermore, he mentioned that the plenary lecture delivered this time by Dr.R.K.Sinha of BARC was chosen as the Prof.M.Y.Krishna Murthy Endowment Lecture as per the existing convention, and that the plaque was accordingly handed over to Dr.Sinha after his lecture on 4th January 2010.

Turning his attention to the various prizes currently being awarded in the ISHMT-ASME conferences, he informed the members that a minimum endowment of Rs.2,00,000 was required to sustain any award with reasonable prize money of about Rs.I 0,000. He mentioned that the Prof.V.M.K.Sastri prize was operating with significantly insufficient funds and the society had to top it up from its own reserves to operate the award. It was suggested that the Society may contact the Sponsors for additional funds.

3. SECRETARY'S REPORT

Prof. T.Sundararajan presented the Secretary's Report where he highlighted the salient activities of the society since the last GBM. He thanked Prof.K.V.Sharma of JNTU for the excellent conduct of the previous conference at JNTU Hyderabad. He also thanked Professors A.W.Date, U.N.Gaitonde and Kannan Iyer for the meticulous planning of the current conference. He informed that presently, there were 531 life members in the society and that more than 20 had enrolled themselves as members during the last two days. He noted that the financial health of the society was reasonably comfortable now. Prof.Sundarajajn finally thanked all the EC members for the excellent support extended to him during the last four years. Dr.V.Venkat Raj proposed the acceptance of the report, which was seconded by Dr.P.K.Vijayan, upon which the GBM accepted the report.

4. TREASURER'S REPORT

P,rof.C.Balaji presented the Treasurer's report on behalf of Prof.M.P.Maiya. He pointed out the salient aspects of the financial condition of the society. He mentioned that the society had an asset base of over Rs15 lakhs, mostly as liquid assets in the form of bank deposits. Prof. Srinivasa Murthy pointed out that all the accounts were now being professionally audited by a well known auditing firm. The Treasurer's report was adopted by the General Body after Dr.K.Veluswamy proposed its acceptance and Prof.S.P.Venkateshan seconded it.

5. FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

The next item on the agenda was the decision on the venue and dates for the next conference, lIT Madras had already evinced interest in holding the next conference in 2012 in the last GBM and had formally handed over a letter expressing an interest to do so to the President. As a sequel to it, Prof. S.P.Venkateshan, currently Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering at'IIT Madras, made a presentation of its proposal to the GBM.

This was followed by a detailed discussion on the dates for the conference. Finally, the GBM decided that the conference will be held during zs" -30th December 2011 at IIT Madras.

At this point in time, Prof.Milind Jog, Co-Chair of the present conference announced that Prof.Raj Manglik, an alumnus of lIT Madras, wiIJ be the ASME lead scientist for the next conference.

IIT Kharagpur and CMERI Durgapur registered their interest to co-host the subsequent conference and this was noted by the GBM. They were advised to formally contact the Society well in advance to the next GBM. The Viswakarma Institute of Technology-Pune also expressed their interest to organize the Conference.

6. NEXT EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The President then announced that as per the Society statutes, a Nomination Committee with Prof.M.V.Krishnamurthy as the Chairman had been entrusted with the task of receiving nominations for the next Executive Council and that after due deliberations, the committee had finalized the following candidates:

  • Dr.R.B.Grover, BARC -President
  • Prof. Pradip Dutta, lISe -Vice-President
  • Prof. Subhash.CMishra, IITO -Vice-President
  • Dr.K.Badari Narayana, ISRO -Vice President
  • Dr.P.K.Vijayan, BARe -Vice President
  • Prof.C.Balaji, IIT Madras -Secretary
  • Prof.M.R.Ravi, IIT Delhi -Joint Secretary
  • Dr.K.Srinivasan, lIT Madras -Treasurer

It was mentioned thatthe new BC would induct four members for the EC.

The GBM approved the formation of the new EC.

7. ANY OTHER MATIERS

Mr. Karnlesh Pande urged the society to prepare a database of heat transfer professionals and PhDs in Heat Transfer for use by the industry.

It was also suggested that the efforts to host the ISHMT Website and the on-line ISHMT Newsletter must be intensified.

The meeting end d with a note of thanks to the Chair.

ANNEXURE

The following members of the incumbent EC met on 5 January 2010 at the Conference venue and discussed the future course of action:

  • Dr.R.B.Grover, BARC -President-Elect
  • Prof. Pradip Dutta, IISc -Vice-President-Elect
  • Dr.P.K.Vijayan, BARC -Vice President-Elect
  • Prof.C.Balaji, IIT Madras -Secretary-Elect
  • Prof.M.R.Ravi, IIT Delhi -Joint Secretary-Elect

The following were also present at the deliberations:

  • Prof.S.Srinivasa Murthy -President (Outgoing)
  • Prof.T.Sundararajan -Secretary (Outgoing)
  • Prof.M.V.Krishna Murthy -Chairman-Nomination Committee

The following members were proposed to be inducted as EC members:

  • Prof.Karman Iyer, IITB
  • Prof. Souvik Bhattacharya, IITKGP
  • Dr.Sameer Khandekar, IITK
  • Dr.Ramanujachari, DRDL.

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