Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh

Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) registered under the Societies Registration Act XXl of 1860 and established as the Institute of Engineers, Pakistan, started functioning with the motto 'Build Better World' in Dhaka in 1948. The East Bengal Government recognised IEB as a representative body of qualified Engineers in 1952. It was given the present name of The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in 1972.

The aims and objects of the institution include upgrading knowledge of science and technology and enhancing its application by people of the profession, increasing the skills and efficiency of engineers, providing assistance in monitoring delivery of quality professional services, and collecting and disseminating information on modern technology.

The activities of the institution are performed at its headquarters in Dhaka. It has 5 Engineering Divisional Committees (1) Civil (2) Mechanical (3) Electrical (4) Chemical and (5) Agricultural Engineering Division. It has 16 centres and 33 sub-centres in Bangladesh and 7 overseas chapters like (1) Qatar (2) AIT Bangkok (3) Kuwait (a) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (5) Malaysia (6) Singapore and (7) Dubai, UAE. The institution organises training courses, research, seminars and conventions. It publishes journals, periodicals and Engineering News. IEB has four autonomous bodies like Engineering Staff College Bangladesh (ESCB), Bangladesh Professional Engineers Registration Board (BPERB), Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education (BAETE) and Industrial Safety Board of Bangladesh (ISBB).

One of the important functions of IEB is to conduct a specially designed engineering course, AMIE upon completion of which trainees can appear at Associate Membership Examinations. The AMIE certificate awarded to those who pass this examination is recognised by public and private sector organisations in the country as equivalent to a formal degree in engineering.

The Institution has two types of membership: corporate and non-corporate. Corporate members are classified as Fellows and Members. The categories of non-corporate members are honorary members, associate members, students, affiliates and subscribers. The Institution had a total membership of around 25,000. IEB is represented in a large number of national bodies constituted by the government of Bangladesh. It is also a member of five International organisations of engineers such as the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC), World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Federation of Engineering Institutes of South and Central Asia (FEISCA), Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic countries (FEIIC) and Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia Pacific (FEIAP). The IEB has also Bilateral Agreement of Professional Co-operation with the following Institutions and Associations: The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK, Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), Institution of Engineers (India), Institution of Engineers, Pakistan, Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Nepal Engineers Association (NEA), Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), Korean Society of Civil Engineers (KSCE), China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES),' Engineering Academy of Uzbekistan, Engineering Academy of Tajikistan and Engineering Academy of Kazakhstan. [Mesbahur Rahman Tutul]