Stepping into the Tenth Year of Service to The HVAC & R industry
April 2002

Ishrae pune seminar

Objectives of ISHRAE

  • Advancement of the sciences of heating, refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineering and related Sciences

  • Continuing education of the other interested Persons in said Sciences, through lectures, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, publications.

  • Rendition of careers guidance and financial assistance to students of said sciences.

  • Encouragement of scientific research.


    As the historian, It gives me great pleasure to bring to you the History of ISHRAE Pune Chapter and more so when the chapter is stepping into it's tenth year of existence. The chapter was established in 1993 with a meager twenty- member strength and has now grown to almost two hundred and thirty members. And when it has stepped into the tenth year, the chapter has the honour of hosting the Comfex 2002 exposition.
    As the founder President of the chapter I have seen the birth pangs and the joys of its childhood and now when it is entering its tenth year the pleasure of its maturity and hence it is my privilege to present the history of the chapter.

    The chapter during the past nine years has organised technical lecture Industrial visits, Training Programs, Seminars by veterans and interviews. The chapter also had the privilege of bringing out "The Refrigeration Handbook" in 1999.

    In the next few pages I have endeavored to give a blow-by-blow account of the chapter's nine years of existence.

    Historian & President Emeritus

    (Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers)

    ISHRAE was founded in 1981 in Delhi with the aims and objectives similar to those of ASHRAE. Till the year 1990 Seven Chapters had been established in various metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad.

    In the era of industrial growth in the country Pune had emerged as an important growth centre for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration industry. The seniors working in the field were toying with the idea of setting up an association of engineers and other people connected with HVAC&R industry. During the kick-off meeting in the year 1992 it was suggested by Mr. Arvind Surange, who was a member of ISHRAE Bangalore Chapter, that the proposed association could be a part of the ISHRAE society and this was accepted by all concerned. As a coincidence Mr. S L Agarwal, who was the Director of ISHRAE Western region in Mumbai was also planning for the establishment of the Chapter in Pune. He contacted Mr. Arvind Surange & Mr. A N Mathur and a meeting was organised in Pune to decide the modalities of formation of Chapter. During this meeting Mr. Agarwal requested Mr. Surange, who was also the President of Rotary Club of Poona North at that time to lead the new Chapter.

    The Pune Chapter was established on 2nd April 1993 with the support of senior members like Mr. R P Paranjpey, Mr. Uttam Kashid, Mr. Bhagwan Harani and others. Initially the chapter started with just 20 members. Mr. Bhagwan Harani who was actively associated in formation of chapter took over as the first secretary of the chapter. The formal office of ISHRAE was located at Mr. Surange's office at Deccan Gymkhana and later shifted to it's present location at Erandwana. It must be acknowledged that apart from the office bearers of ISHRAE headquarters the members of Rotary Club of Poona North also extended valuable support in formation of ISHRAE Pune Chapter and its activities during the start up time.


    1993 - 94 Arvind Surange Bhagwan Harani
    1994 - 95 Ajit Mathur Mukund Ranade
    1995 - 96 Sudhir Ghatge Deepak Inamdar
    1996 - 97 Mukund Ranade S.G. Natu
    1997 - 98 Ramesh Paranjpey Suhas Deshpande
    1998 - 99 Prof. M.R. Khadilkar V.G. Deshpande
    1999 - 2000 Krishna Jog A.P Kulkarni
    2000 - 01 Mohan Jhuremalani A.P Kulkarni
    2001 - 02 Uttam Kashid Anil Gulanikar / Mangesh Joshi
    2002 - 03 Uday Hingne Nitin Deodhar
    2003 - 04 V.G. Deshpande Jayant Deshpande
    2004 - 05 V.D. Mane  Jayant Deshpande
    2005 - 06 Suhas Deshpande Sunil Gogate
    2006 - 07 Jayant Deshpande  Anand Joshi

    Our members at ISHRAE HQ level
    o 1994 - 95 Arvind Surange Dir. Western Region
    o 1996 - 97 Arvind Surange President
    o 1997 - 98 Ajit Mathur Dir. Western Region
    o 2001 - 02 Prof. M.R. Khadilkar Dir. Western Region


    Rotary - ISHRAE Seminar (1993)

    ISHRAE Pune Chapter organized a seminar on Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, within the first quarter of its establishment and Rotary Club Poona North sponsored this event. The seminar was inaugurated by the then Rtn. D.G. Sam Irani who also happened to be closely associated with the field Refrigeration As a part of this program an interesting session on how to use Refrigerators, Air conditioners and Air coolers scientifically was organised especially for the ladies. This received a very good response and was appreciated by the participants. The Chapter organized another workshop during the year 1993 at MCCIA and this was also well attended.

    Recognition of seniors

    The Rotary Club of Poona North recognized around 15 senior members working in the field of Air conditioning and Refrigeration for over 25 years, during the seminar organised by Pune Chapter. The Chapter has further recognised around 40 senior members from Pune and other cities.
    The Pune Chapter and Mr. Arvind Surange jointly sponsored the mementos during the first 3 years. The recognition covered a wide cross section of members including consultants, contractors, manufacturers, service providers' etc.

    National Convention

    The ISHRAE Pune Chapter organised a National Convention in 1997. BOG members and the representatives from various Chapters attended this convention. Important issues connected with the chapter as well as the ISHRAE Head Quarters were finalised. A grand evening was organized for the members attending the convention and the Pune Chapter members.

    Best Chapter Award

    The ISHRAE Pune Chapter, on the basis of its performance in the previous year, received the Best Chapter award in the year 1998 -1999. This award was shared with Delhi Chapter of ISHRAE.

    Training Program

    Realizing the need for properly trained technocrats in the field of Air conditioning and Refrigeration the Chapter has been organising specially designed training program for the last 5 years. The programs have been conducted by Mr. R.P. Paranjpey, a senior member and Past President of the Chapter, and were received very well by the participants

    Best Students Awards

    The Best Student Award in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning for final year Mechanical Engineering students from engineering colleges under Pune University area was instituted by the Chapter to encourage students studying this subject. This award has been given every year for last five years in one of the annual events.

    Diwali Meet

    This meet is arranged every year to bring together the members and their families. This celebration of happy hours consists of various entertainment programs such as music, humour in AC&R etc. performed by chapter.

    Comfex 2002

    The exposition on Air-conditioning, Refrigeration, Ventilation and allied services is being held from 26th - 28th April 02. This is the most prestigious program of the Chapter being organised in association with ASHRAE W.I at Ganesh Kala Krida Kendra.

    A Technical Seminar on Emerging Technology in Refrigeration has been planned as a part of this prestigious event. The event also includes a National BOG meet and the installation of ISHRAE Pune CWC and the ISHRAE BOG on 27th April '02.

    Refrigeration Handbook

    This was a major project entrusted by the ISHRAE H.Q to ISHRAE Pune Chapter considering the presence of a number of senior members in the field of refrigeration in Pune. The handbook published in the year 1999, covered a wide range of topics and was appreciated by the AC&R community within & outside ISHRAE.

    Pune Acredex

    On the lines of the Arcedex directory published by the Bangalore chapter on all India basis the Pune chapter published the Pune Arcedex '99 covering around 400 listings of the people and agencies working in Pune region.

    An updated version has also been prepared during the current year.

    ISHRAE Pune Chapter
    Vijay Apartments,
    Pune 411004.
    Telefax : 5439209
    E-Mail : ishraepune@vsnl.net

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