Change is Good! Er Arun Prabha K S to Lead Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) ACCE (I)- Mangaluru Chapter as Chairman for 2019-2021
Mangaluru: On the outset, I would like to congratulate my “Last Bench” Classmate in PUC at St Aloysius College Er Arun Prabha K S, who took charge as Chairman of Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) (ACCE-I). Success galore, my friend! Serving as a Chairman of an organization is a privilege and honor bestowed upon you by club members. When you are selected, your peers have recognized your leadership skills and the potential to manage the association effectively. Your term in office will offer many opportunities to learn new skills, enhance the experience of others and grow as a leader. By taking advantage of the many opportunities to learn and grow, your term can have personal and professional development benefits that will last a lifetime. All of the members of your association are part of your team, and it is the chairman’s responsibility to guide members toward reaching the association goals.
Having goals and making plans to achieve them are two key steps to being successful. Every office-bearers and every member has his/her important role to fill, and by working together, your association will be able to meet its full potential and serve a vital role in your community. To accommodate these facts, there is a great deal of latitude in how you choose to manage your association as long as you follow the basic association rules/standards. In today’s rapidly changing world, individuals must blend their family demands, work commitments and volunteer work. While the responsibilities of an individual association president/chairman may be demanding, he is able to share challenges, ideas and perspectives with fellow officers.
Er Arun Prabha K S (Chairman- ACCE (I) for 2019-21
“A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible” said Adam S. and for that matter, Er Arun Prabha K S is a person of that caliber. Quoting Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya – “The way to build a nation is to build a good citizen. The majority of the citizens should be efficient, of good character and possess a reasonable high sense of duty. Hard work performed in a disciplined manner will in most cases keep the worker fit and also prolong his life. To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money”- and Er Arun and his team will surely reach the Mangaluru ACCE (I) to greater heights.
Like they say that Change in leadership is always good and better, it was time for change in Chairmanship to lead The Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) -Mangaluru Center (ACCE) for the year 2019-2021. The installation ceremony of the office bearers of ACCE (India) was held at St Sebastian’s Hall, Bendore, Mangaluru on Thursday 4 July at 7 pm. Live-wire Er Rajendra Rao Kalbhavi compered the event with his professionalism as always, and kept the audience glued to their seats with his punchy and witty dialogues. Following the invocation by Er Vimal Keerthi Jain, the welcome address was delivered by Chairman of ACCE (2017-2019), Er Anil Sebastian D’souza. Introduction of the guests was done by the compere.
The ceremony was inaugurated by lighting the traditional lamp by chief guest Prof K Umamaheshwar Ra- Director-NITK, Surathkal, along with other dignitaries on the dais namely- guests of honor, Er J Tamil Selvan- National Vice President (South) 2019-21 Elect of ACCE (I) and Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya- National VP (South) ACCE (I) ; Er Anil Sebastian D’souza (2017-19 Chairman of ACCE (I) Mangaluru; Er Sathyaranjan Rao (2017-19 Secretary) and Er Arun Prabha (2017-19Treasurer elect) of ACCE (I) – Mangaluru Centre; Er Arun Prabha (Chairman-Elect); Er Ujwal D’souza (Secretary Elect) and Er Anil V Baliga (Treasurer-Elect) of ACCE (I)-Mangaluru 2019-21.
The Association activity report for 2017-19 was presented by Er Sathyaranjan Rao. Out-going chairman, Er Anil S D’souza in his farewell speech thanked and appreciated all the support, love and encouragement shown towards him during his two years tenure as Chairman of ACCE-Mangalore Center. Then came the moment of the evening, when Er Arun Prabha K S was installed the incoming Chairman of ACCE-Mangaluru Center, by offering him a bouquet of flowers by presiding officer Er J Tamil Selvan.
In his acceptance speech, Er Arun Prabha said, “Being a Chairman of this prestigious Association is one of the most vibrant, performing and growing centre of ACCE(I) which nationally is one of the most powerful bodies of professional Civil Engineering Professionals. A very committed group of past and present office bearers and all members have reposed a great deal of confidence in the new team. I and my team thank each one of you for elevating us to this leadership position. I am sure that our roles will be exciting, satisfying and successful because Our Centre has a unique bond of relationship in the profession, enviable bonding between the members, a culture of belongingness and an appetite for success and keeps aiming higher and higher”
“ACCE(I) as its core value promotes friendship among professionals, high standards of Ethics, Continual Knowledge acquisition and dissemination, acts as an interface between Professionals and Government and strives to promote Rural Housing, Urban Development, Low-Cost Housing, Infrastructure development, Economic and Safe Design and Construction Practice. Having accepted the Chairmanship on the strength of an assured and committed group of highly motivated and ever prepared set of past association luminaries who are eager to step in at any moment, a whole lot of members who have the ideals of the profession at heart and are instinctive donors for the right cause, task of my team is to front end the purpose and keep pace and the centers place at the very top, which I promise will be the objective of my team”.
“As we continue to maintain our path of achievement, we are also looking to make appreciable impact in all aspects of development where we can make a meaningful contribution. We will look to ease the sand crisis, we will take up Water Harvesting and Harnessing, Lake redevelopment, Tourism Targeted Development when we plan our future projects, Green Building Concepts, Energy Conservation, Innovative technology and low-cost construction. We would like to highlight some immediate concerns which affect our workforce and address and adhere to Health, Safety and Environment compliance’s as well as keep a continual tab on industry practises which directly harms our or our customers’ interests”.
“Apart from these major areas, our immediate focus will be to get one of the prominent landmarks to be named after the greatest Civil Engineer ever Bharatha Ratna Sir M Vishweshwarrayya, Get a land acquired or allocated and put up ACCE(I) Mangalore Centre’s own premises. We want to host International Seminars and National Seminars. In the entire term, we will keep the content and quality of our knowledge-sharing initiatives of Engineers Week and Techno Week and increase our contribution and visibility. My team will give impetus to cross-functional collaboration with associations and groups with similar objectives of other professionals. Growth is life we want to grow in numbers as well as the number of centers and student chapters”
“This is the blueprint and the dream of this new team and I am sure when we come to the end of our term Secretary Er. Ujwal D’Souza will read our report card with as much pride as Secretary Er Satyaranjan did. All this is achievable and once you are all there this task will be even easier to achieve. I urge all my fellow members to board with us on this glorious journey and just believe that We Can and WE will. Long live Civil Engineers, Long Live Mangalore Centre, Long Live ACCE(I)” added Er Arun Prabha.
In his inaugural address, chief guest Prof Umamaheshwara Rao bringing awareness on water conservation said, “While we look forward to conserving/save water, we also need to change our mindset. Even at NITK Surathkal, two major problems are Water and Power, and me being there for a couple of years still our engineers have not found a solution to rectify the problems. More water is lost by the overflow of water tanks on the campus. Water wastage is everywhere, and its time everyone needs to think and make sure they don’t waste water instead, save water”
“On all the water on Earth, we can use only 1% for human use. It is important that we use water wisely and make sure we don’t waste it. A five-minute shower uses more water than a person in a developing country uses in a day. Man cannot create water. So God has given it free, and therefore let us all preserve and use it wisely. There are a number of ways to save water and harvesting water is the only thing we need to start. So let’s start saving water for the better future ” added Prof. Rao.
Addressing the gathering guest of honour Er Tamil J Selvan said, ” Glad to see all these engineers in a jubilant mood, there is harmony among them, and that’s a good sign in any organization or association- and that’s the sign of ACCE (I) Mangaluru. The new team should follow in the footsteps of your predecessors in order to take this Mangaluru chapter to greater heights, and I know that you will, since you have an energetic and enthusiastic team of 2019-21. As engineers, we need to have an exchange of responsibility, accountability, and commitment. As civil engineers are addressed as nation builders, I feel proud to be a civil engineer. We need to implement integration. We all should look for great years ahead of us- we can all work together and come out with great results. Long live Civil Engineering and Civil Engineers!”.
Yet another guest of honor Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya addressing the audience encouraged the engineers to work for the development of Mangaluru City, by at least sacrificing few hours in planning and ideas as to how we can make a better Smart City. On the occasion, Er Tamil Selvan, Er Dharmaraj- engineer for Mangaluru Smart city development, Srinivas Deshpande- Asst GM Media Mktg and PR at Karnataka Bank HO, and Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya were felicitated for their service and dedication. A few other ACCE (I) Mangaluru members were also felicitated. The vote of thanks was proposed by Sec Elect Er Ujwal D’souza, followed by a sumptuous dinner, with a bevy of engineers entertaining the audience with their karaoke talents.
The Association of Consulting Civil Engineers- Mangaluru Chapter 2019-2021 Team Members :
Er.Arun Prabha K S – Chairman; Er. Satyaranjan Rao – Vice- Chairman; Er.Ujwal Vijayan D’Souza – Secretary; Er.Anil Baliga – Treasurer; Er.Anil Sebastian D’Souza – Immediate Past Chairman; PRO- Er.Narendra Prabhu; Joint Secretary – Er. Vandan Pinto; Joint Treasurer – Er.Shankaranarayan.
Chairman of Various Committee:
Community Development Committee – Er. Balasubramanya Mayya; Programme Committee-Er. Premananda A; Technical Committee-Er. Rajendra Rao Kalbhavi; Training and Activities Committee – Er.Subramanya Prabhu; Liaison Committee – Er.Satyaranjan Rao; Sports Committee – Er.Eknath Dandakeri; Entertainment Committee -Er. Vinayaka Pai; Membership Extension Committee – Er. Rakesh Nayak; Special Programmes – Er. Vinod D’ Souza.
Managing Committee :
Er .Rakesh Nayak; Er.Subramanya Prabhu; Er.V V Mayya; Er.Ashok Kumar B; Er.Rajendra Rao Kalbhavi; Er.Ranganath Aithal; Er.Anil Sabastian D’Souza; Er.Naveen; Er.Jayakumar; Er.Ajith Kumar; Er.A V Suresh Rao; Er.Kenneth D’ Souza; Er.Suraj (Ramco); Er.Vinal Keerthi Jain; Er.Austin Miranda; Er.Mohd Ayub; Er.Devandra Shetty; Er.Shailesh Nagori; Er.Vandan Pinto; Er.Gurudutta Nayak; Er.Premanand A; Er.Vinayaka Pai; Er.Narendra Prabhu; Er.Shankar Narayan; Er.Arun Raj; Er.Eknath Dandakeri; Er.Bharat J; Er.C J Lobo; Er.Rajendra Rao Kalbhavi; Er.Ranganath Aithal; Er.Balasubramanya; Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya; Er.Mohd. Iqbal; Er.Devdas Uchil; Er.Arun Prabha K S; Er.Satyaranjan Rao; Er.Ujwal Vijayan D’Souza and Er.Anil Baliga
About Er Arun Prabha K S- the Chairman of ACCE (I)- Mangaluru for 2019-2021 :
Arun Prabha K S, is presently working as Director of Simply Supported (P) Ltd., a Tech Ed startup and also heading Projects of Tharaka Engineers for construction of Flyover, Pipe Rack Cum Road Corridor Bridges, Roads and other infrastructure for Mangaluru Special Economic Zone.
Born in the year 1960, Arun Prabha studied at Padua High School and St.Aloysius College in Mangalore and has passed out of Sri Jayachamarajendra College Of Engineering, Mysore (SJCE) in the year 1982, Worked as a Lecturer in Karnataka Polytechnic for a brief period before moving on to construction field where he has worked in various capacities in major corporates like Reliance Infocomm as Territory Manager, Jindal South West (JSW Steel) as AGM, ESSAR Constructions Ltd.as Joint General Manager, Reliance NMSEZ as Asst. Vice President & TVS ICS as Circle Head
L-R : Er Arun Prabha K S, Son Anirudh Rao, Daughter-in-law Ms Anjali Rao, and Wife-Asha. Standing is daughter, Saudamini
He has worked in mega projects like Reliance Jamnagar Refineries, MRPL, KIOCL, ACGL, Infocomm and Retail Outlet Projects of Reliance, Steel Plants, SEZs and Telecom infrastructure Projects. He is an empaneled Engineering Arbitrator, Life Member of Indian Council Of Arbitration, Life Member of Indian Value Engineering Society, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Valuers and Life Member of Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (ACCE) and Treasurer of Mangaluru Centre and Senior Professional Engineer on the Engineering Council Of India
Arun Prabha hails from a family of civil engineers. Born to Late Sripathi Rao a Civil Engineer and Smt. Lalitha Rao. Arun’s maternal Grandfather was a Civil Engineer and the eminent Structural Engineer Sri. Babunarayan is his elder brother. Happily married to Asha, a Homemaker and a Barathanatyam Post Graduate is a proud father of Son-Anirudh who has Masters in Civil Engineering, and married to Anjali, an MBA graduate; and daughter Saudamini Rao an E&C graduate has studied in Sahyadri College Of Engineering and Management and has completed Masters in Bharatanatyam securing 1st Rank.