The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), was founded in 1981 at New Delhi by a group of eminent HVAC&R professionals. ISHRAE today has over 17,722 HVAC&R professionals as members and additionally there are 10,695 Student-members. ISHRAE operates from over 42 Chapters and sub Chapters spread all over India, with HQ in Delhi.
It is led by a team of elected officers, who are members of the Society, working on a voluntary basis, and collectively called the Board of Governors.
To promote the goals of the Society for the benefit of the general public. Towards this objective, the Chapters of the Society participate in, and organize, activities to protect the Environment, improve Indoor Air Quality, help Energy Conservation, provide continuing education to the Members and others in the HVAC & related user Industries and offer certification programs, career guidance to students at the local colleges and tertiary institutions.
As part of its objectives to promote the interests of the HVAC&R Industry, ISHRAE is involved in various activities. ISHRAE reaches out to all its members and seeks their active participation & involvement in all the Events/Programs organized by the society.
ISHRAE conducts Conferences, Seminars, Exhibitions, Workshops, Panel Discussions and Product Presentations throughout the country with both national and international participants to discuss, promote and display the state of the art technologies, systems, products and services.
ISHRAE organizes ACREX INDIA, the largest international exposition in South Asia on the Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, Ventilation and Building services industry. Held annually, ACREX with nearly 500 exhibitors is considered to be a major opportunity to showcase the latest technologies/innovations, and provide a platform for buyer-seller meet, for technical & commercial personnel in the HVAC&R field.
ISHRAE Institute of Excellence (IIE), the educational arm of the Society, is working towards human resource development in the HVAC&R industry in the country by conducting various courses. One of the most important objectives of ISHRAE is Technical Training, and this is done at various levels.
At the apex of the pyramid we have the ICP (ISHRAE Certified Professional) Certification Courses on Clean rooms AC-Design, AC Service and others. At the next level ISHRAE offer a full time Diploma Course for graduate engineers. In addition at the Chapter level ISHRAE holds several successful training programs, workshops, short term courses and offers e-learning opportunities. ISHRAE is also working with associates in Skill Development activities.
ISHRAE student chapters in more than 150 engineering colleges encourage students to opt for careers in the HVAC&R industry. Knowledge dissemination is done through seminars, quiz contests like aQuest, plant and site visits.
ISHRAE has launched “ISHRAE Job Junction” nationally, providing a platform for leading employers to recruit candidates who are members from ISHRAE student chapters.
K-12 initiative of ISHRAE is focused on school students’ contests, in making them aware of subjects like, energy conservation and environmental concerns through drawing competitions, poster design, quiz and planting of trees. Emphasis on STEM education is stressed to inculcate a scientific fervor & help develop these young children into responsible citizens.
ISHRAE promotes research in the field of HVAC&R technology. It offers financial support to Graduate/Post Graduate students, to carry out innovative work on R & D in Technology, Systems, and Processes. ISHRAE partners with Industry to carry out scientific research t Institutes associated with ISHRAE for this purpose.
ISHRAE publications strive to help its members & the industry keep up-to date with the technical developments, latest trends, and sunrise technologies. ISHRAE Standards, Fundamental books on various topics, HVAC&R Handbooks and the extremely popular & informative ISHRAE Journal, are a few such publications.
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ISHRAE works in the National interest with various Govt. Ministries/Departments, e.g. in the development of Standards & drafting of NBC for BIS, working on ECBC with BEE, with Ozone Cell of MoEFCC, on refrigerant gases. ISHRAE is a member & active supporter of National Centre for Cold Chain development (NCCD) Ministry of Agriculture & works closely with NCCD on refrigeration.
ISHRAE is also working in close co-operation with other similar Societies & Organizations, both at national and international level, for the promotion and development of issues like Sustainability, Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Responsibility, Indoor Air Quality, Fire & Safety. Interaction with Think-tanks & NGOs like NRDC, CEEW, TERI, CSE & UN bodies like UNDP/UNEP is a regular feature. ISHRAE is looked upon as a repository of technical knowledge in the HVAC&R & Building Industry field by peer Organizations & the Govt. of India.
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