IEEE SIGHT was inaugurated by Dr. Peter Staecker ( IEEE President 2013 ) on 15 December 2011 at Trivandrum, Kerala, India and the first ever petition to form a SIGHT group was submitted on 28 April 2012. In the year 2020, HAC and SIGHT steering committee decided to celebrate April 28 as the SIGHT day to remember the first SIGHT group petition submission.
The year 2020 started with a pandemic threat across the globe and the threat became a reality by the beginning of March. Most major cities and nations across all continents started to impose restrictions and complete lock downs. People were restricted to their respective homes or other places of stay and were not supposed to venture out to the public places. Many started to work from home, others were confined to their homes etc. was a new normal to our lives.
Amongst all these restrictions, IEEE Kerala Section SIGHT decided to hold a program to celebrate or mark the first official SIGHT day on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. There were requests from many student branches under the section to conduct a webinar for the student members of their institution. Most of these requests were to conduct the webinar about SIGHT groups formation and possible activities the group can take up which will be considered as SIGHT projects. This prompted us to conduct a program at the section level so that students and other members from educational institutions and others can participate.
IEEE Kerala Section has a special fortune of having Mr.Amarnath Raja who conceived the idea of SIGHT within IEEE HAC and also was the first chair of IEEE HAC Ad-hoc committee and later on became the chair of IEEE HAC. He was instrumental in forming the SIGHT within IEEE and got that inaugurated at Trivandrum. Mr.Amarnath Raja had agreed to be our speaker for the SIGHT day seminar and he delivered a talk on “SIGHT, Formation of SIGHT Group and SIGHT Projects”. The webinar was mainly for the IEEE student members to understand about SIGHT, its structure, process to be followed for forming a SIGHT group and various projects being executed by different SIGHT groups across the world.
Amarnath Raja talked about the structure of IEEE and where HAC and SIGHT comes in the structure. SIGHT comes under HAC which is one of the IEEE board committees. He touched upon the history of how humanitarian technology got introduced into the IEEE and how that influenced the change in the tag line to – “Advancing Technology for the Humanity”. He mentioned how he was instrumental in introducing the idea of SIGHT groups under HAC to execute humanitarian engineering projects within the local community to help the underserved.He also explained and showed the SIGHT group formation process by filling up an online form and uploading the endorsement from the chairperson of the organizational unit ( IEEE Section ). He had shown many SIGHT projects executed by groups under various sections.
143 participants registered for the online webinar and more than 65 attended the session. Participants asked many questions and got most of those questions answered. Overall the online session was a big success and helped students to get their doubts clarified before they start new SIGHT groups in their institutions.
Midhun M, Secretary, IEEE KErala Section SIGHT was the moderator and host for this online session. Jayakrishnan MC, Chair, IEEE Kerala Section SIGHT delivered the welcome speech and Sooraj S. Kumar delivered the vote of Thanks.