The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) was established to promote the HVAC industry in India. ISHRAE is an associate of ASHRAE. ISHRAE was started at Delhi in 1981 and a chapter was started in Bangalore in 1989. Between 1989 & 1993, ISHRAE chapters were formed in all major cities in India and also in the Middle East.

The purpose of an ISHRAE student chapter is to get more students interested, concerned, and involved in pursuing a career in the field of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration. ISHRAE student chapter activities are administered by students as elected officers which provide students with an experience that simulates running a business or an organization. As a student officer, you'll "set yourself apart from the pack" and increase your visibility to recruiters. By networking with your local ISHRAE Chapter, you will have an opportunity to meet practicing engineers in the HVAC industry. Student officers are counseled by the college Faculty Advisor but may also be mentored by members of their local ISHRAE CWC Student chair. Even if your career is ultimately in another industry, your involvement with the ISHRAE Student Chapter will be an invaluable transferable experience. You may also choose to get involved in one of the students activities such as ACREX Quiz, National Student Design Competition, Technical Paper Presentation etc, which will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. In addition to having fun and meeting great friends, these competitions provide an exceptional engineering experience and allow you to apply your course work in a real world application.

ISHRAE has more than 190 student chapters at many colleges throughout the country. Students interested in an HVAC&R career are encouraged to participate in ISHRAE to further their knowledge, practical experience, and professional development. Establishing a student branch is easy and all you need is a minimum of 20 student members, a faculty member and a local ISHRAE chapter willing to sponsor the student chapter.