Engineering is probably the closest thing to magic that exists in this world. And honestly, what would the world be like if not for these mages with their magical skills and expertise?
It is to acknowledge these skills and innovative drive that every year on September 15, our nation celebrates National Engineers’ Day to honor the contributions and accomplishments of engineers to society.
This occasion also holds great significance as it marks the birth anniversary of one of the greatest Indian engineers, Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
“I’m not arguing. I’m just explaining why I’m right.”
– Every engineer ever
Who was Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya?
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, often regarded as “the maker of modern Mysore”, was an Indian civil engineer, administrator, and statesman who served as the 19th Dewan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.
Considered one of the foremost civil engineers, Visvesvaraya’s birthday, falling on September 15 is celebrated as Engineers” Day not only in India but also in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
Marked by an excellent educational journey Visvesvaraya completed his civil engineering degree from the College of Engineering, Pune, and went on to earn several scholarships, including the Government of India Scholarship, which further allowed him to pursue his studies in engineering at the University of Bombay.
Along with being credited for designing the Block System, his most notable contribution was in the field of irrigation and flood control, along with other remarkable projects including the Mysore Sandal Oil and Soap Factory, Mysore University, the Bank of Mysore, and the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Company, all of which are located in Mysore.
This visionary engineer earned numerous accolades not only in India but also globally and was also admired by his contemporary European counterparts for his abilities and singular achievements in the field.
Visvesvaraya, for his exceptional services to British India, was appointed CIE and later knighted KCIE, while for his services to the Kingdom of Mysore and the Republic of India, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna by the Government of India.
Significance of National Engineers’ Day
The occasion of National Engineers’ Day is a tribute to the tremendous contributions made by engineers to the development and growth of this nation.
And as the evidence suggests, engineering is no cakewalk; from the hardcore curriculum to the grueling jobs, it is pretty hard to imagine a world sans engineers.
Being at the forefront of innovation, technological advancements, and problem-solving, these great minds work tirelessly so that we, as a society, can live a life of convenience and ease.
Hence, this day further serves as a reminder to express our gratitude towards the individuals in this profession and understand the importance of engineering while also encouraging the younger generations to consider it as a viable career path.
The Theme of National Engineers’ Day 2023
Similar to the previous year’s themes, this year’s theme also captures the intrinsic needs and values of the present day, with the theme for National Engineers’ Day 2023 is “Engineering for a Sustainable Future“, which celebrates the resourcefulness and inventiveness of engineers.
The theme in itself is quite relevant, keeping in mind that the constant pursuit of stable and extensive solutions to a more sustainable future has become even more pivotal. Engineers play a crucial role in battling global issues such as environmental degradation, climate change, and resource depletion.
Being at the vanguard of a multitude of advancements, from developing technologies promoting sustainability to creating renewable energy alternatives to environmentally friendly infrastructures, the contributions of an engineer are imperative for building a greener and more sustainable future.
This year’s theme especially encourages engineers to work towards creating solutions that meet not only the present generation’s needs but also protect the well-being of coming generations.
Future of Engineering in India as a Career
With the staggering number of students appearing for engineering entrance exams every year, it is more than evident that engineering is the most sought-after career option in our country.
The Indian education system produces a significant number of engineering graduates each year. And the reasons are not simply limited to the plethora of movies and web series depicting the thrilling lives of engineering students.
For starters, engineering as a career option offers a wide array of specializations, from computer science to mechanical engineering to civil engineering. This gives students the opportunity to choose the one that aligns with their interests and aspirations the most.
Also, the demand for qualified engineers is on the rise, with companies and enterprises seeking candidates in various fields, including IT, manufacturing, and many others.
Not to mention India also houses some of the finest engineering institutes, like the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and the National Institute of Technology (NITs), offering great curriculums. And with the availability of financial aid programs and scholarships, pursuing engineering becomes even more accessible to aspiring candidates.
Engineers are the makers of history and the developers of the future. Integral to the development and growth of the world, this faction of society should be acknowledged for its accomplishments and contributions.
Through innovation, creativity, and ingenuity, engineers create things that have never been created and solve problems you had no idea existed. These sorcerers, magicians, or, rather, simply engineers, deserve to be celebrated.
So, here’s a shout-out to every engineer in this country. We thank you for all the great efforts you put in and continue to put in for the greater good of this nation and the world.
A very happy National Engineers’ Day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Why do we celebrate National Engineering Day?
National Engineering Day celebrates the contributions of engineers to society.
2. Why 15 september is celebrated as Engineers Day?
September 15 is celebrated as Engineers’ Day in honor of Sir M. Visvesvaraya’s birthday, a renowned engineer.
3. How do we celebrate Engineering Day?
Engineering Day is celebrated through various activities, including seminars, workshops, and awards.
4. What are the other countries that celebrate Engineers’ Day?
Many countries, including India, celebrate Engineers’ Day, but the dates may vary.
5. Which day is International Engineer Day?
International Engineers’ Day is observed on March 4th.