It gives me great pleasure to be with you on the 46th Engineers’ Day which is being held to commemorate the 152nd birth anniversary of Dr. M. Vishweshwaraiya, one of the greatest engineers of the land. Bharat Ratna Dr. Vishweshwaraiya was, as you all know, not only a great engineering genius but also a very able administrator. His works in irrigation sector are engineering marvels and remain source of inspiration for engineers for all times to come.
Engineering is an activity other than purely manual and physical work which brings about the utilization of the materials and laws of nature for the good of humanity. “Engineering is the art of organizing and directing men and controlling the forces and materials of nature for the benefit of the human race.” “For decades engineers have stood accused that their buildings do not have any cultural value. We have attempted to liberate engineering of this accusation “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man Engineers participate in the activities which make the resources of nature available in a form beneficial to man and provide systems which will perform optimally and economically Before we get started lets take a look around.
Do you see anything special? May be, may be not. But, as an engineer I do!! Right from the latest mobile phones you are carrying, to the state of the art projector, almost everything that you see is a product of extensive research and technical expertise- a product of engineering. I thank the student affairs committee for giving me this opportunity to speak to you on this occasion of World Engineering Day.
A few years back, the world still thought of India as a primitive country- famous for snake-charmers and rope tricks. Today ‘India’ is considered synonymous with technology and IT, and has been successful in the whole gamut of software services- right from low-cost competence to high-end Research. Now India is looked upon as a potential investment hub, a country with a great future. Some even expect it to be one of the next super-powers.
A major credit for this change in perception goes to companies like the Tata Group of Companies, Infosys, and numerous others, most of which are stalwarts in different fields of engineering. They are the ones who have established India on the global map. India is now among the elite group of countries renowned for their successful space programs having indigenously developed numerous satellites and launched vehicles. We have made significant strides in the manufacturing sector, especially in industries like textiles and automobiles.
These are large employment generators and contribute significantly to India’s GDP. All these are the fields where engineering has done well. But that does not mean we can afford to sit back and enjoy our moment in the sunshine. There are numerous fields where India is still a minnow compared to other countries. Our Power sector requires major reforms and thrust. A major percentage of rural India has still not felt the benefits of electrification. Our situation in infrastructure is dismaying. Our engineering capabilities remain unutilized