From 25th to 27th September, 2004
The 3rd Annual Regional Conference of ASHRAE Region-At-Large was held from Sept. 25 to 27, 2004 at hotel The Grand, New Delhi. This is the first time an ASHRAE Conference was held in
India and the India Chapter had the honour to host this conference supported by Western India and South India Chapters.
The ARC was attended by ASHRAE President Ron Vallort, Vice President Darryl Boyce and Director Membership Services Carolyn Kettering. The officers representing the RAL were DRC David Arnold from the UK, and the 3 SRC’s – Constantinos Balaras Region B, Tim Dwyer from Region C and Walid Chakroun from Region A. Samir Traboulsi, the Assistant Regional Chair was
also present. Dr. R. K. Malhotra was the General Chair.
The first full day of the conference was devoted to DISCONF 2004 -A one day technical conference on Innovative Trend in HVAC. Approximately 240 delegates attended the technical conference and a total of 8 technical papers were presented by eminent scholars. On day 2 (26th Sept.) the DRC David Arnold conducted the business sessions in presence of the three Society officers. The Caucus and Executive sessions were chaired by Nominating Committee Member, Ashok Virmani. Day 3, the 27th Sept, was devoted to Chapter Operations Workshops conducted by Darryl Boyce, Carolyn Kettering, Constantinos Balaras, Tim Dwyer and Samir Traboulsi.
A highlight of the conference was an invitation to all the past presidents of the three ASHRAE chapters in India to attend the ARC. Twenty-two past presidents from all three chapters attended
a special interactive session with Society President, Ron Vallort, and were recognized and felicitated by him during the Awards Luncheon on 27th September, 2004.
The Welcome Dinner was held on 25th September, 2004 at Pahwa Farms, located at outskirts of New Delhi. The highlight was “Bhangra dance troupe” followed by Gala Dinner.