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National Engineers Day: Celebrating innovation and legacy

 Let’s honour the eminent engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya, and inspire our future engineers



Every year, on September 15th, India celebrates National Engineers Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of one of its greatest engineering luminaries, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. This day not only pays tribute to the iconic engineer but also serves as a reminder of the vital role engineers play in shaping India’s future and addressing global challenges. 

Sir M. Visvesvaraya, often referred to as the “Builder of Modern India,” was a visionary engineer whose contributions left an indelible mark on the country. Born in 1861 in Muddenahalli, Karnataka, he embarked on a remarkable journey of innovation and service to the nation. Sir Visvesvaraya’s illustrious career included key roles as the Diwan of Mysore and as an advisor to the government. His work spanned a wide range of fields, from irrigation and flood control to urban planning and industrial development.

One of his most iconic achievements was the design and construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore, which transformed the arid region into a fertile agricultural hub. His dedication to engineering excellence and his commitment to the betterment of society continue to inspire engineers across India and the world.

National Engineers Day serves as a powerful reminder of the pivotal role engineers play in driving technological innovation, solving complex problems, and fostering economic growth. Engineers are the architects of modern infrastructure, the designers of cutting-edge technology, and the problem solvers of society.

In today’s interconnected world, engineers are at the forefront of addressing global challenges such as sustainability, digital transformation, and healthcare advancements. Their contributions are instrumental in shaping a better, more advanced future.

On National Engineers Day, India celebrates not only the legacy of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, but also the achievements of engineers who continue to contribute to the nation’s growth. It is a day to honour their dedication, creativity, and perseverance. Engineering institutions, universities, and organisations across the country host events, seminars, and workshops to promote engineering excellence.

This Day is not only about celebrating the accomplishments of engineers, but also about inspiring young minds to pursue careers in this dynamic field of engineering and technology. It encourages students to dream big, think innovatively, and embrace the challenges that come with engineering.

Students aspiring to be engineers can look up to the pioneering spirit of Sir M. Visvesvaraya and the countless engineers who have transformed ideas into reality. It showcases the vast potential of engineering to make a positive impact on society and offers a platform for students to interact with experienced engineers and gain insights into the field.

As India continues its journey toward becoming a knowledge-driven economy, engineering remains a linchpin in its growth story. Engineers will lead the charge in developing smart cities, sustainable infrastructure, advanced healthcare solutions, and cutting-edge technology. Their contributions will be instrumental in addressing the nation’s evolving needs and global challenges.

As Dr. Amit Kumar Goel, Professor at the School of Engineering and Technology, Apeejay Stya University (ASU), Gurugram, aptly puts it, “In an increasingly interconnected world, engineers are at the forefront of addressing global challenges, such as sustainability and digital transformation. This day acknowledges their contributions, inspires future engineers, and highlights the importance of engineering in shaping a better, more advanced future. National Engineers Day in India serves as a reminder of the critical role that engineers play in shaping the nation’s future. It encourages the celebration of engineering achievements, the pursuit of excellence, and the commitment to advancing technology for the betterment of society.”

He adds, “It’s a day to honour the legacy of Sir M. Visvesvaraya and to inspire generations of engineers to continue their valuable contributions to India’s growth and development.”

So, let’s celebrate the achievements of each engineer present among or around us while acknowledging their crucial role in shaping the nation’s future. The endeavour is to keep inspiring the next generations of engineers.

Lastly, remember engineering is not just a profession; it is a catalyst for progress, innovation, and the realisation of a brighter future for India and the world.

Divya is a Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has a degree of Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. She was a former sub-editor at News 24. Her passion for writing has always contributed to her professional and personal growth.