Engineer’s Day is observed on September 15th, but why?
A hero is a regular person who develops the ability to persevere and survive in the face of overwhelming odds; many engineers have done just that for society. Engineers are the foundation of our society, working tirelessly to improve our digital and physical infrastructure. Every year, India produces approximately 15,00,000 engineers. Thus, on this Engineer’s Day, it is appropriate to congratulate, thank, and appreciate the engineers across the country who have demonstrated exceptional results and contributed immensely to the betterment of millions of lives.
In honor of M. Visvesvaraya, an engineering legend in India, our nation observes National Engineer’s Day on September 15th every year. He was a highly disciplined engineer who was renowned for his sincerity, assiduity, and ability to manage his time. His work as a civil engineer included everything from constructing roads to building dams and anti-flood systems. He was a consummate engineer who never stopped learning. He was frequently sent to other nations, including China, Canada, USA, Russia, Egypt, etc., to study different engineering techniques and solve problems using cutting-edge technology. Additionally, he received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor.
Visvesvaraya designed and built the Krishna Sagara Dam in Mysore, which at the time was Asia’s largest reservoir. His work includes developing a sea erosion protection system for the Visakhapatnam port and flood protection for Hyderabad. Visvesvaraya revolutionized India’s irrigation system by implementing irrigation and drinking water systems throughout the country. When Visvesvaraya was the Diwan of Mysore in 1915, King George V knighted him as a commander of the British Indian Empire. Before receiving the Bharat Ratan and membership in the London Institution of Civil Engineers, he was awarded a fellowship by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore.
National Engineer’s Day is an attempt to highlight the importance of engineers in our lives and to express our gratitude to them by honoring their multifacet contributions. With the world relying more than ever on technology and the internet, all eyes are on our engineers to help our country advance further in these domains. These people are our country’s backbone and the forerunners of our future success. The 15th of September serves as a reminder of the effort and hard work that thousands of engineers have put in to help our country advance.
Here are some inspiring people (with a degree in engineering) who excelled in various other professions.
Nambi Narayanan – Scientist
Nambi Narayanan was born on December 12, 1941, in Nagercoil, in the erstwhile Princely state of Travancore, to a Tamil Hindu family (present-day Kanyakumari District). He finished his education at Nagercoil Higher Secondary School. He graduated from Thiagarajar College of Engineering in Madurai with a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.
S. Nambi Narayanan is an Indian aerospace scientist who worked for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and helped to develop the Vikas rocket engine, which was crucial to India’s space program. He led the team that acquired French technology for the Vikas engine, which powered India’s first PSLV. He was in charge of the cryogenics division at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as a senior official. In March 2019, he received the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award.
Arvind Kejriwal – Politician
Arvind Kejriwal earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1989. In 1989, he joined Tata Steel and was assigned to Jamshedpur. He resigned in 1992 after taking a leave of absence to prepare for the Civil Services Examinations. After passing the Civil Services Examination, Kejriwal joined the IRS as an Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax in 1995.
He resigned from his position as Joint Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi in February 2006. He is currently the National Convener of the Aam Aadmi Party. In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, Kejriwal led the AAP to victory in 67 of the 70 constituencies, leaving the BJP with three seats and the INC with none. He is one of the most well-known IITians who went on to become politicians.
Anil Kumble – Sports
Anil Kumble is without a doubt the most well-known engineer turned Indian cricketer. He is India’s leading wicket-taker in both formats, with 619 tests and 337 ODI wickets. He was India’s main strike bowler for the majority of his career and has baffled batsmen all over the world.
But did you know he could have been using his analytical skills to outwit the best batsmen? Kumble graduated from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in Bangalore with a BE in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in 1991-92 and made his ODI debut around the same time.
Speaking about the importance of education, Kumble had once said, “It helps to balance the good and bad. In cricket, you can’t guarantee success, so education equips you to deal with it.”
Sonu Sood – Actor
Sonu Sood is a well-known Bollywood actor famous for playing the villain in the movie Dabang but who would have guessed that he has completed his graduation in electronics from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur before making acting his profession.
Shankar Mahadevan – Singer
The immensely talented singer, Shankar Mahadevan, bagged a degree in computer science and software engineering in 1988. A student of the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai, he also worked as a software engineer for Leading Edge.
In a nutshell, engineers are responsible for our country’s future. Their various paths lead to revolutionary changes in our country. These engineers’ contributions are critical to us, and we are grateful.
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