Industry Applications (IAS) Kolkata chapter officially started as IAS Calcutta Chapter on 8th October,1997 with just about 20 members. It was one of the 8 Chapters of the then IEEE Calcutta Section. Other Chapters were: AP-MTT, COMSOC, Computer, EDS, LEOS, PES, CAS.
Some IEEE members, mainly in the then Calcutta region, took an interest in forming a Chapter to cater to the technical activities of their specific interest pertaining to industry applications and Dr S K Biswas, with encouragement from Dr A K Chattopadhyay and Mr C Satish, (the then IAS Region 10 Area Chair) submitted a petition on 15 September,1997 to form an IAS Chapter at Calcutta, which was forwarded by the IEEE Calcutta Section with full co-operation.
IEEE IAS Calcutta is now known as IEEE IAS Kolkata after the IEEE Calcutta Section got renamed as IEEE Kolkata Section.