Got Civil Engineers! TECHNO WEEK 2019 by ACCE (I) Kicks Off on Engineer’s Day
Mangaluru: “Remember, your work may be only to sweep a railway crossing, but it is your duty to keep it so clean that no other crossing in the world is as clean as yours.”- These were the words of the greatest engineer India has ever seen, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya- the engineer whose birthday is celebrated as “Engineers Day” all over India on the 15th of September every year in his memory. Visvesvaraya is often used as a metaphor here for an extremely intelligent person. We say “He has Visvesvaraya’s brain” . Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (1860-1962) was a prominent Indian engineer, scholar, visionary, and statesman.
Engineers operate at the interface between science and society. To identify the great works done by the hard-working engineers each year 15th September is celebrated as Engineers’ Day marking the birthday of Sir Visvesvaraya, recognizing his contributions in the field of hydel energy in India. Like every year, this year also ACCE (I), which comprises of efficient technocrats who have been serving the local community and the nation, acknowledged the work of this great engineer by celebrating this day jubilantly. They interacted and discussed the importance and works of the engineers in today’s era.
Engineers are the harbingers of change. They can change the way the world lives. They are the silent revolutionaries and unsung heroes who ceaselessly engage themselves in nation-building activities. And locally here in Mangaluru, to mark the ‘158th Birth Anniversary of ‘Sir M Visvesvaraya’ and also the ’52’nd Engineers’ Day’, the fraternity of Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India)- (ACCE(I) Mangalore Centre in association with Ramco Cements Ltd celebrated the occasion at St Sebastian Jubilee Hall, Bendore-Mangaluru. It was a time to recollect the invaluable contribution made towards the community and the nation-building by these gifted engineers, and also about the life and achievements of India’s pioneering and greatest engineer of all times, Sir M Visvesvaraya. On the occasion, the “The Techno Week 2019” was also launched.
Er Vijay Vishnu Mayya, the pro-compere of the occasion with his witty punchlines began the programme with thought-provoking words of Civil Engineers- ” We design, We Construct, We Observe, We Initiate, We Drive, We Move, We Accelerate the World, We are the gears of Progress, We are the future of the Nation, We are Engineers, and I am proud to be an Engineer”, which was followed by invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song rendered ‘always’ by Er Vimal Keerthi Jain. Chairman of ACCE(I)- Er Arun Prabha welcomed the gathering, and spoke about the achievements of ACCE(I)-Mangaluru chapter, and also its contribution to the community. Er Anil D’Souza the adviser briefed about the Techno-Week 2019 and asked for support from all the engineers to make it a success as always.
Light symbolizes knowledge while darkness represents ignorance. Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. Furthermore, knowledge is a lasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. Hence we light the lamp in reverence to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth – thus the inauguration of the “Engineers’ Day and Launching of Techno-week 2019 was done by garlanding the portrait of Sir M Visvesvaraya and by lighting the traditional lamp.
The honours were done by chief guest- Jayakumar K, Senior Vice President, Marketing of The Ramco Cements Ltd., and guest of honour-Er Anil K Pillai- General Manager-Technical Services-The Ramco Cements Ltd, along with ACCE (I)-Mangalore Centre members on the dais namely- Er Arun Prabha- Chairman, ACCE (I); Er Anil D’Souza-Past Chairman- ACCE (I) and Adviser, Techno Week 2019, Er Ujwal D’Souza-Secretary, Er Anil V Baliga- Treasurer, Er Vijaya Vishnu Mayya- National Vice President-ACCE (I), Er Bharath J-Advisor, Techno-Week ’19; Er Rakesh Nayak, Er Devendra Shetty and Er Subramanya Prabhu, all three Conveners of Techno Week 2019.
Addressing the audience chief guest Jayakumar K said, “Ramco cement Company which is growing rapidly, apart from routine tests, Ramco is involved in finding solutions to concrete challenges faced by various customers and projects. Customers satisfaction is the utmost priority of Ramco Company. Ramco has been coming up with various new products like 12 different kinds of cement, 12 new applications, and our production depends on the requirement of our customers. The relationship between Ramco and ACCE-Mangaluru has been great for the last so many years, and will continue in the same trend in the future years where unique projects/programmes will be planned for the betterment of the community. I feel like a family member of ACCE (I) Mangaluru, being here for all the Techno-Week programmes.
“Our investments in the latest technology in cement manufacturing has ensured that the cement that we produce is consistent in quality. Ability to innovate, implementing the latest technology in cement manufacturing and our commitment to sustainability has ensured that Ramco products are amongst the top choice for civil engineers. Our Technical Services team continues to work in close coordination with various universities and engineering colleges with an objective to inculcate the importance of good concreting practices among the budding Civil Engineers.” added Jayakumar K.
During the occasion, three engineers were felicitated with awards, namely Eminent Engineers Awards to Er V U Seemon -a Technocrat, B S Balakrishna, and Er M M Kamath- Retired chief engineer at NMPT, and the “Anantha Mithra Kalbavi Award to Er T Vinayak Pai-Consulting engineer. Er Anil K Pillai gave a Technical Talk on newly Launched ‘Ramco Supercrete Cement- a Breakthrough Cement Product during the occasion. Er Ujwal D’Souza-Secretary of the association proposed the vote of thanks. The event was organized successfully and left its imprints like flowing water embarks its impression on a pebbled shore. It gave an opportunity for everyone to remember and cherish the works of Sir Visvesvaraya.
In conclusion, Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change. Civil engineers build the World, CS/IT create the Magic, Mech/Auto move the World, EE gives power to the World, EC/TC connect the World and make it smaller..Hence Engineers are True Creators- and that’s very much true. Long live the CIVIL ENGINEERS!