Owing to rapid industrialisation of our country, fluid power systems are increasingly being used in numerous applications and the number of people working in fluid power technology is fast growing. In an effort to bring together those working in this field, scientists from the National Aeronautical Laboratory and the India Institute of Science organised a Symposium on Fluid Power Control and Applications in February 1973 at NAL, Bangalore. Participants in this Symposium (representing various industries, R&D organisations and academic institutions) expressed themselves in favour of establishing a national society to promote the growth of fluid power technology. Thus the Fluid Power Society of India came into being on 13th February 1973 at Bangalore.