To diffuse among its members information on all matters affecting engineering and to encourage, assist and extend knowledge and information connected therewith by establishment and promotion of lectures, discussions or correspondence ; by holding of conferences, by publication of papers, periodicals and journals, proceedings, reports, books, circulars and maps or other literary undertaking; by encouraging research works or by the formation of library or libraries and collection of models, designs, drawings and other articles of interest in connection with engineering or otherwise whatsoever.