New governance for the Heritage Network

On Monday 24 May 2021, the 4th Heritage Network General Assembly met online to welcome newcomers to the Network and elect a new President and Vice-President. Centrale Nantes is a member of Heritage: a network between India and Europe for Education and Research cooperation in engineering sciences.

on May 24, 2021

This General Assembly (GA) meeting should initially have taken place in March 2020 at IIT Guwahati. A pandemic and several intermediate online meetings later, about 40 representatives from the 15 Indian and 13 European Heritage Network member institutions met online to vote for their new representatives.

The General Assembly meets once a year and votes for the strategies, actions and representatives (Steering and Executive Committee members) of the Heritage Network. Over these meetings, one representative from each of the 28 members institutions can vote. The May 2021 GA was crucial as 3 new members of the SEC were elected:
  • Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy (Indian Institute of Technology Madras), was elected new President of the Heritage Network until the 2024 General Assembly. He is taking up the torch from Prof. Fouad Bennis (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France), who was the European President from 2017 to 2021 (his term was extended by 1 year due to the pandemic)
  • As the Presidency is moving from Europe to India, the Vice-Presidency is moving the other way around, with Prof. Teresa Zielinska (Warsaw University of Technology) replacing Prof. Rakhi Chaturvedi (Indian Insititute of Technology Guwahati) in this position for a 3 year-term that will also last until the 2024 General Assembly.
  • Finally, Prof. Rajib Kumar Bhattacharjya (Indian Insititute of Technology Guwahati) was elected as new Indian SEC representative (there are in total 3 Indian SEC representatives and 3 EU SEC representatives, also elected by the GA), replacing Ms Kavitha GR (Indian Institute of Technology Madras).
These new members will organize a SEC meeting in the upcoming days to set a roadmap for the Network and identify the priorities for the years to come.

For more information about Heritage Network governance, click here.
Published on May 26, 2021 Updated on May 28, 2021