Student Chapter of Fire & Security Association of India installed at Chitkara University
Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture installed the Student Chapter of the Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI). Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, Ajit Raghavan, National President FSAI, Ar. Surinder Bahga, President Chandigarh Chapter, Dr. Manjari Khanna Kapoor, Dean UID GD Goenka University, and Dr. Harveen Bhandari, Dean Research & Scholastic Development, Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture, Chitkara University graced the occasion.
Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 representing the Fire Protection, Life Safety, Security, Building Automation, Loss Prevention, and Risk Management domains. Fostering a spirit of safe living among all citizens of India, teaching a proactive mindset towards safety and security at all times, and promoting and advancing the use of fire safety and security systems. The emphasis is on developing fire safety and security engineering education and awareness. FSAI works closely with the government and all other stakeholders to enable the Indian Fire and Security industry to reach global pre-eminence with a better regulatory framework.
The student chapters of FSAI are composed of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students interested in building automation, fire safety, and electronic security. FSAI’s mission is to help students acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge of building automation, fire safety & electronic security; inspire, build passion, make a career in the domain, and fulfil human resource requirements in the industry.
The objectives of the FSAI Student Chapter are to educate students on Building Automation, Fire Safety & Electronic Security, explore career opportunities, provide internships, volunteer and research opportunities, and enhance their skills. FSAI connects students with professionals through the faculty advisor and encourages them to publish articles in the FSAI Journal.
The event started with a welcome address by Dr. Harveen Bhandari, Dean, Research & Scholastic Development, who discussed the growth of the school and its willingness for innovative academic ventures.
FSAI National President Ajit Raghavan stressed the need to create more awareness among university students about issues related to fire safety and security. He said, “The Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2002 representing the fire protection, lifesaving, security, building automation, loss prevention, and risk management industry. For most of us, it is the second job, the voluntary work that gives us the satisfaction of contributing to society.
Architect Surinder Bahga, President, Chandigarh Chapter of FSAI, briefed about the work done by FSAI, introduced the student chapter team and distributed certificates to the new student office bearers. Ishita Kukreja became the Student Chapter President and Tanvi Khetri, Student Chapter Secretary; while Chirayu Jain, Angela Roy, Ayush Gupta, Atul Mehta, Sakshi Sharma, and Ajayveer Singh were given the post of FSAI Class Representatives and Ar. Lohit Jain as the Faculty Coordinator.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture, Chitkara University and FSAI.
The program ended with an informative presentation by Dr. Manjari Khanna Kapoor, Dean UID School of Architecture, GD Goenka University titled “Security in Buildings”, wherein she highlighted the need to consider the security angle from the design stage of buildings keeping in view the increasing terrorism and law and order issues across the world. Ishita Kukreja, the newly elected President of the Student Chapter also expressed her views on this occasion.
Dr. Madhu Chitkara appreciated the work done by the Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI) and also stressed the need for such academic collaborations to upgrade the skills of architecture students.
Deans, faculty, and 150 students attended the event. 47 students and 4 faculty members become members of FSAI and received membership certificates.