Minutes of Annual General Meetings

Report and Minutes of the Annual General Body Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, India (SBAOI) XXVII National Conference, SCTIMST, Trivandrum

Date & Time: October 25, 2017, 18:30 Hrs

Venue: IRIS, Hotel Apollo Dimora, Thiruvananthapuram (Venue of the XXVII National Conference of the Society during October 25-27, 2017, organized by SCTIMST, Trivandrum along with 6th Asian Biomaterials Congress)

The meeting was chaired by Dr. H.K. Varma (SCTIMST) President, SBAOI in the presence of Dr. Bikramjit Basu (IISc Bangalore), Secretary SBAOI, Dr. R. Jayakumar (AMRITA, Kochi), Vice President, SBAOI and Dr. C.P. Sharma, Founder, SBAOI.

With the welcome note by Dr. H.K. Varma, the meeting was called into order. While welcoming the members, Dr. Varma briefed about the last years activity of the society. The life membership of the Society increased from 700 to 730 members with a total membership of 828.

Prof. Geetha Manivasagam made a presentation on the conduct of BioMET2018 to be held in VIT University, Vellore during July 24-28, 2018 and welcomed all members for the conference which will be held along with the next National Conference of SBAOI.

Minutes of the last General Body was confirmed and approved by the GB.

GB appreciated the efforts of Dr. Harikrishna Varma, Dr. Manoj Komath and Shri. Willi Paul and their team in organizing the excellent conference, 6th Asian Biomaterials Congress (ABMC6) in Thiruvananthapuram and the annual meeting of SBAOI.

During the intense discussion on the several points suggested by members, the following key points are noted for the attention of the SBAOI members.

Prof. Ashok Kumar expressed his interest in holding the 2019 National Conference at IIT Kanpur and this was approved by the GB. Dr. Bikramjit Basu suggested the venue for 2020 meeting as IIT Guwahati which was also approved in principle. A rapid fire session similar to one arranged for ABMC6 was suggested for future conferences.

As agreed by the last GB, 10% share of the registration fee collected need to be shared with the Society Head Office. As a start, Prof. Veena Kaul and Dr. Neetu Singh declared and handed over a cheque for Rs. 1 lakh to SBAOI as their share from the BITERM 2016 held at IIT Delhi. This gesture was well appreciated by the GB and suggested to continue the same in future.

Handing over of the journal trends to an external publisher/agency for smooth running of the same was suggested by Dr. Sharma and was discussed. Dr. Pandurangan wanted to distribute free the journal to the society members. Another suggestion was to make the journal a paid open journal but was not supported by majority of the members. A general suggestion of all the members was to keep the identity of the journal as a Society journal which should be independent of publishers. GB agreed to discuss these suggestions with Springer who have shown interest in taking over of the journal and to have an agreement accordingly.

The revised criteria to be followed for the award of FBAO were prepared by Dr. Bikramjit Basu. This was read during the GB. The draft of the same was suggested to be uploaded on the site for suggestions of all members. He also suggested increasing the membership of clinicians in the society.

The tabulated list of nominated members for the executive committee for the next term was presented by the Returning officer, Dr. Suresh Babu. Based on this list, office bearers were elected by the GB. Prof. Veena Kaul (IIT Delhi) was nominated as the next president of SBAOI by Dr. Sharma and was supported by members unanimously. Dr. Bikramjit Basu (IISc Bangalore) and Dr. Jayakumar R. (AMRITA Kochi) were elected as the Vice Presidents and Dr. Sridhar T.M. (University of Madras) as the Secretary. Shri. Willi Paul (SCTIMST) was elected as the Jt. Secretary and Dr. Anilkumar PR (SCTIMST) as the treasurer. Other executive committee members are as follows. Dr. Bhuvanesh Gupta (IIT delhi, opted by GB), Dr. HK. Varma (SCTIMST), Dr. Hari Pandurangan (Chennai), Dr. N. Rajendran (Anna University), Dr. Balamurugan A (Bharathiar University), Dr. Venkatachalapathy B. (Rajalakshmi Engineering College), Dr. Ramesh Babu (NIT Trichy), Dr. Biman Mandal (IIT Guwahati), Dr. Siddharthan A.(IIT Madras) and Shri. Nagesh D.S. (SCTIMST).

The new committee members were supposed to take charge on April 1, 2017. However since the election process was delayed new committee was not formed. GB regretted the same and under the unusual circumstances GB has approved to extend the term of the present committee till December 31, 2017. The new committee will take up the charge from January 1, 2018.

Meeting ended with thanks to chair at 19:30 Hrs.

Dr. H.K. Varma
(President)

Posted on 22 November 2017 web admin

Report and Minutes of the Annual General Body Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, India (SBAOI) XXVI National Conference, IIT Delhi

Date & Time: April 16, 2016 at 18:00 Hrs

Venue: Lecture Hall Complex, IIT Delhi (Venue of the XXVI National Conference of the Society during April 2016, organized by Department of Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi.)

The meeting was chaired by Dr. H.K. Varma (SCTIMST) President, SBAOI in the presence of Dr. Bikramjit Basu (IISc Bangalore), Secretary SBAOI, Dr. R. Jayakumar (AMRITA, Kochi), Vice President, SBAOI and Dr. C.P. Sharma, Founder, SBAOI.

With the welcome note by Dr. H.K. Varma, the meeting was called into order. While welcoming the members, Dr. Varma briefed about the last years activity of the society. The life membership of the Society increased from 664 to 700 members with a total membership of 795. 15 new members joined from Delhi area.

Minutes of the last General Body was confirmed and approved by the GB.

GB appreciated the efforts of Prof. Veena Koul, Prof. Bhuvanesh Gupta, Dr. Neetu Singh and their team in organizing an excellent annual meeting of SBAOI along with the International Conference on “Biomaterials, Biodiagnostics, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine” (BiTERM2016) in Delhi.

During the intense discussion on the several points suggested by members, the following key points are noted for the attention of the SBAOI members:-

Dr. Varma briefed about the 6th Asian Biomaterials Congress (6ABMC) to be held at Thiruvananthapuram on behalf of SBAOI. The dates of the conference and venue has been tentatively fixed as October 27-29, 2017 and Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram respectively. Members suggested evaluating also the Convention centre at Mar Ivanios College (Nalanchira) for its suitability as a possible venue. Dr. Sharma informed that a meeting will also be held by the Asia Pacific Society for Artificial Organs along with 6ABMC and there is a possibility of obtaining an amount of Japanese Yen of 500000 for the same. The GB approved the conduct of 6ABMC at Thiruvananthapuram and authorized Dr. H.K. Varma to initiate the organizing of the conference in the capacity of Organizing Secretary/Organizing Chair.

Discussions were held about the payment of 10% share of registration fee collected during the National Conferences by the organizers to the Society Head office. This has been practiced by various other professional national societies. Prof. Veena Koul (IIT Delhi) suggested that a letter in this regards may be sent to the organizer by the president of the society.

Kochi chapter has been formally incorporated, however the details about the executive committee is not yet communicated to the head office. Dr. Jayakumar agreed to convey the details at the earliest.

Dr. Sharma suggested instituting a product development award for successful translational research to be given during national conferences. Dr. Rajendran (Anna University) informed that since it may be difficult for academic faculty to always have product development, a separate award for academic activities may be initiated along with product development award. He also suggested initiating a travel award for members to attend national and international conferences. Dr. Naveen Sharma (IVRI) enquired about the possibility of travel funding to attend WBC conferences. GB approved to study and formulate a system and guidelines for initiating such awards. GB approved to initiate five Travel awards for students for an amount of Rs. 3000/- or actual (equivalent to IInd AC train fare) from 6ABMC onwards. However, this award will be restricted to Society conferences only, based on merit and equal opportunity need to be provided to all region of the country as suggested by Dr. Maya Nandkumar (SCTIMST).

Dr. Neetu Singh (IIT Delhi) suggested organizing one day workshops as a SBAOI activity at different schools at national level to create awareness about the biomaterials and medical devices field and the SBAOI activities among the students at the high school levels. The topics suggested were “Need of medical devices and other medical products”, “Challenges in medical product developments”, “current clinical needs of our country” etc. Clinicians may be invited to interact with the students.

Dr. Direndra Katti suggested collecting yearly fees from members to generate funds for various activities of the society.

Dr. Bhuvanesh Gupta suggested starting a Fellows Meeting before the GB meeting and the Fellows recommendations may be later discussed in the GB. This was approved by the GB.

The review the criteria to be followed for the award of FBAO as approved by the last GB were pending. GB assigned the revision of criteria to Dr. Bikramjit Basu with the help of Dr. Jayakumar (AMRITA), Dr. Dhirendra Katti (IIT Kanpur, Prof. Veena Kaul (IIT Delhi).

A revision of the editorial board of the journal and creation of a Reviewer Board was suggested and GB approved inclusion of Dr. Jayakumar (AMRITA) in the editorial board.

GB approved for amending the byelaw of the Society by adding the following sentence. “The Society supports and acknowledges the biomaterials science in India by presenting awards to members, dissemination of knowledge to members and students by publishing journal free to all members.” This may help in completing the formalities in accepting tax free donations.

Meeting ended with thanks to chair at 19:30 Hrs.

Dr. H.K. Varma
(President)

Posted on 23 August 2016 web admin