Mangaluru: All’s Well that Ends Well!-That’s right. Quoting Shakespeare’s words, “But with the word the time will bring on summer, When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns, All’s well that ends well; still the fine’s the crown; Whatever the course, the end is the renown “-all I can say is that the members of Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE) in association with Ramco Cements Ltd have done a marvelous job by organizing whopping 34 programmes, including seminars, Technical talks etc during the prestigious ” Techno Week-2015′ at various engineering and technical institutions in and around Mangalore city, which commenced from 15 September and concluded on 29 Sept, 2015. Kudos, a job well done !
A host of various activities were carried on during the ” Techno-Week” in many engineering and polytechnic institutions around and beyond the DK district to celebrate the creative problem-solving role engineers play in making the world the better, safer, more enjoyable place for us all to live. The week included hands-on activities and presentations designed to introduce youngsters to the excitement of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. And Ramco Cements Limited, the concrete cement company as ‘Sponsor’/partner of ACCE’s “Techno Week” had strived hard to connect engineers and other technology professionals with organizations/institutions to have various informative and creative programmes during the “Week”, thereby bringing a positive impact on people in and around Mangaluru. With innovative concrete solutions delivered by Ramco, both the ACCE and Ramco are trying to build a better nation-and “Yes, together they can !”.
During the inauguration ceremony of ‘ Techno Week-2015’ held at Hotel Ocean Pearl on 15 Sept., the dynamic past chairman Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya, who has been at the helm of such projects for many years, quoting Henry Ford’s words, “If You Think You Can or Can’t, Either Way You Are Right” had said, ” Although there are nearly 34 programs planned during the ‘Techno Week’, we are confident that with the support and encouragement from the members, sponsors and participating institutions we will accomplish our goals and make the “Week” a grand success”.
And surely “Acha Din Agaya”, with the valedictory function of the “Techno Week” which was held on 30 Sept, once again at Hotel Ocean Pearl, Er Mayya should be proud to note that his words have come true-since the ” Week” emerged out to be very successful with numerous programmes – Kudos to the determination and hard work of all the resource persons and the members of ACCE(I) which had made “Techno Week 2015” a grand success and a memorable one. The Valedictory function of ‘ Techno Week 2015’ held at Hotel Ocean Pearl was called to order by chairman of ACCE, Er Vinayak T Pai, which was followed by invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song rendered by Er Vimal Keerthi Jain.
The introduction of the chief guest-Jayakumar K-Vice President, Ramco Cements Ltd,, Guest of honor-Er Anil Kumar Pillai-DGM, Ramco Cements Ltd, and resource persons who have come all the way from Japan namely- Prof. (Dr) Kazuhiro Iijima, Doctorate from University of Osaka-Dept. of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (Osaka University, Japan); and Prof.(Dr) Hiromichi Akimoto-Doctorate from University of Tokyo, Centre of the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia (Caren)-Osaka University-Japan, was done by genius compere Er Rajendra Kalbhavi, which was followed by an elaborate audio-video presentation of the programmes that were conducted during the “Techno Week 2015” presented to the audience by Imm.Past Chairman and Advisor Er Ranganath Aithal.
To the Japanese friends, Er Kalbhavi said, ” Yokoso (welcome) to Kudla, and we are all pleased to have you in our midst. Arigatou (Thank You) for coming!”. Both the Japanese Engineers, and the Chief Guest, Jayakumar K, for being promoted as VP of Ramco Cements Ltd were felicitated with a shawl, turban, fruits and mementos. Speaking during the occasion, Chief Guest Jayakumar complimented the ACCE members for doing a wonderful job during the ‘Techno Week’, and assured his full support and encouragement from his side in future ACCE projects. He further said, “Missing links to engineering and to make things happen are :ability to ask good questions, ability to see patterns in data, ability to devise models to Under Stand various factors affecting the problems, ability to break problems into smaller issues i.e decomposition, ability to visualize and most importantly ability to communicate and present it. Ramco being an organization having contributed to various CSR activities will also continue to spread awareness amongst budding civil engineers”.
All the resource persons, volunteers, Ramco team and ACCE members who made the “Techno Week 2015” successful were felicitated during the occasion. Chairman of ACCE(I) Er Vinayak Pai expressed his gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everyone who made “Techno Week”” an outstanding and very memorable event. Er Mohammad Iqbal-Secretary of ACCE(I) proposed the vote of thanks. Other members present on the dais were : Er Suraj Kumar A-Convener-Techno-Week, Er Premanand A-Treasurer, Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya- Past Chairman-Advisor, Techno-Week, Er Anil S D’Souza-VP and Convener, Techno-Week, Er P Ranganath Aithal- Imm.Past Chairman/Advisor-Techno-Week and others.
Prof. (Dr) Hiromichi Akimoto and Prof. (Dr) Kazuhiro Iijima spoke on the topic ” Infrastructure Development of Harnessing Renewable Energy” through power-Point presentation, which was highly applauded by the gathering. The formal function was adjourned for fellowship and dinner, during which a few engineers entertained the audience with a “karaoke-style” singing extravaganza. I conclude this report with a witty thought-“Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money “. Long live the Civil Engineers !