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Muhannadi lauds Indian engineers for contributions to Qatar’s growth

Muhannadi lauds Indian engineers for contributions to Qatar’s growth

Tribune News Network
Doha
President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Dr Saad bin Ahmad al Muhannadi has lauded engineers from India for their contribution and support to the development of Qatar.
Dr Muhannadi was speaking at the 20th anniversary of the College of Engineering Trivandrum Alumni Association-Qatar chapter (CETAAQ) recently.
Dr Muhannadi, who was the chief guest at the event, spoke about the Enterprise Asset Management Solution, a smart system Ashghal is adopting to monitor and analyse road usage data as well as improvement in traffic safety and maintenance activities that will turn Qatar’s road management system into one of the best in the world.
He also spoke about coordinating construction projects across Qatar, including the expressway network in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran, the guest of honour at the event, talked about his initial training as an engineer.
He appreciated the contribution of the engineers’ community not only in the professional circles but also in the social outreach programmes and humanitarian assistance programmes in Qatar and back in India.
The ambassador highlighted India’s significant development in the last 20 years and its capable education system producing well-regarded engineers who work in India and abroad.
In his keynote address, James Joseph, an alumnus of CET and a winner of the coveted Microsoft Circle of Excellence award, took the listeners through life lessons learnt from an engineering education to a corporate career that led him to become a global professional.
He elaborated on his current work into research and development of jackfruit, a plentiful fruit in Kerala, which has been recognised as a reasonable dietary supplement with health benefits for diabetics as a food with significantly lower glycemic load than normal grain-based foods.
In his research, Engineer Joseph discovered the benefits of jackfruit.
As a part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, CETAAQ managing committee led by Raffi Shaffi and Sajil Abdul Salam launched a charitable initiative to assist the educational needs of the less privileged students from Unnikulam, a tribal village of Kerala which is far from social support and mainstream education infrastructure.
The project is estimated to cost around Rs 75 lakhs over the course of three years and plans to build learning support centres, hire assisting staff as well as monitoring teams to ensure optimum service to the students.
The office bearers for the new year were called on stage to take their responsibilities under the leadership of Chairman Vinod P Balan. Members are Pratheesh Ben, Tanin Thomas, Vidya Nidhin, Ansil P, Saidu Ahmed, Jabir P, Jeffy Jan, Dinesh Kumar, Mahadevan E.S and Rajesh T.K.
CETAAQ also released a souvenir titled Footprints, incorporating art and literary articles from members, their family as well as other CET alumni.
A musical night led by renowned playback singers from Kerala, Vidhu Pratap and Akhila Anand along with K P Balamurali, a prominent instrumentalist and playback singer, followed the official meeting.
Live orchestra and support from Radio Suno anchor Suraj added to the festive atmosphere.

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