The President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Professor Christopher Snowden, and Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, have visited India to forge and further relations with India’s premiere engineering institution and strengthen the IET's presence in South Asia. At the first ever meeting of the IET’s South Asia Regional Forum, Fine updated members of the South Asia Regional Board and representatives of Local Networks in the region on the IET Strategy for the 21st Century.

Also, Professor Snowden opened the IET’s Global Engineering and Technology Leadership Summit, in Bangalore. The summit, which attracted business leaders from India and the UK, is exploring how leadership in engineering and technology is changing the world in which we live. Taking place over two days, it included a number of thought-provoking sessions given by expert speakers.

Snowden commented, “The IET has prioritized India for growth and we are now investing in scale and quantity to boost our presence in this strategic region of the world. India offers the IET both opportunity and future capability. A key way of developing our presence is through forging partnerships and agreements and I am pleased that during this summit, the IET will be signing an Agreement of Cooperation with the Institution of Engineers India.”

The Cooperation Agreement with the Institution of Engineers India (IEI), a non-profit making, scientific engineering research organization, will lead to IET membership being promoted to all 600,000 IEI members all over India. The agreement focuses on linking the engineering and technology communities in India with knowledge, qualifications and networking across the world enabled by the IET.