Today I address you as former Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC as I laid my office on 28 February 2014 after completing nearly 38 years of active service in the oil and gas industry. These years have been quite eventful, and I now look forward to sharing my experience with all members of SPE. After working as head of the largest E&P company of India, I suddenly have the luxury of ample time at my disposal which I plan to utilize for more active engagement with the activities of SPE.
SPE events are not only valuable for knowledge sharing and learning, but for networking and meeting your industry peers. As shared in my last communication, the first edition of the SPE Shale Gas workshop planned in Mussoorie, India had to be postponed for the time being due to factors beyond our control. This workshop will now be planned after hosting the workshop on Deepwaters during the third quarter of this year.
Furthermore, I’d like to highlight upon the success of the SPE Sub-Continental Meet 2014 that took place during 14–16 February at MIT Pune. The platform of Sub Continental Meet witnessed over 200 experts from both the industry and academia involving senior managers of some petroleum organisations and their top-notch personnel along with head of departments and senior faculty members of several engineering universities. It wasn’t just an event, but was rather an excellent epitome of teamwork, dedication, and determination.
In addition, SPE Chapter in Dehradun hosted its 2014 UPES Fest at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies campus in Dehradun, India. The event featured case studies, workshops, career expos, and exhibitions as well as competitions that highlighted the students’ skills within a number of challenges. The event was a great success with UPES hosting guests from senior officers of ONGC, Cairn India, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and Indian Military Academy to students from Universities. I would like to encourage more young students and young professionals to come forward and get involved in the mission of dissemination of knowledge through events of SPE.
SPE Regional Director