Engineers Day is an annual event to be celebrated in India. The nation commemorates it on the 15th of September every year. The day is dedicated to the engineers of the nation for their contribution in making society a place to live. This event has a grand celebration in the educational institutions related to engineering and technology.
Such a great event is celebrated across India, and there is no restriction for people to join the celebration as it is free from the limitations of the region, religion, caste or any other difference existing in India and other parts of the world.
Engineers Day 2020
Like other years, there is an expectation of the grand celebration of Engineers Day in the year 2020. This year, this great event is falling on Tuesday, and the nation is ready to observe its 53rd National Engineers Day. Since the event is celebrated every year with a new theme, the theme for the year 2020 has not yet been decided.
Engineers Day or National Engineers Day is a very historical event related to a famous personality from the history of India. It is the day when Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on the 15th of September 1860 in Karnataka. He was working in the Public Works Department of Bombay as an Assistant Engineer. Later, he was appointed in Nasik and other important places in India.
Because of his skill and dedication in the field, he received many awards from the Government of India, including the highest Indian civilian award Bharat Ratna. He is considered among the earliest, diligent, and skilled engineers of India. This is why his birth anniversary is celebrated annually as National Engineers Day in India.
The first celebration of Engineers Day of India was made in the year 1968, and it was decided to celebrate every year with a different and specific theme chosen by the council of Institutions.
Engineers Day of India is a very significant national event, celebrated especially in the educational institutions related to the fields of engineering. This is a very special day for engineering students. They decorate their institution's premises and set a photo of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya with a fresh garland on it.
Students, teachers, other staffs, and some guest also deliver speeches on Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya so that the students can take inspiration from him. Some seminars, cultural programmes, and other academic events are also organized for the students. The workshops and debates and conferences are organized based on the theme of the day. All the celebrations of the day remain focused on motivating students and telling them the scopes of engineering in the modern era.
Objectives and Significance
National Engineering Day is an annual Indian event dedicated to the field of engineering and engineers of India and the world as well. This event is celebrated to commemorate the great engineer and statesman of the history of India Mr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. He was a gem of India during the period when India was under the subjection of the British Government. He always worked for the growth of the nation that is why we get a chance to pay tribute to this great Indian national hero.
Another objective of observing the day is to inspire the Indian students, especially engineering students, to put their all effort towards their goal.
By observing the day, we mark the achievement of India in engineering as the Indian engineers are now working abroad as well and are employed in many foreign companies. This is the day to make them realize that they are doing one of the best jobs in the world.
Themes of Engineers Day
As we have earlier said that National Engineers Day is observed every year with a different theme to celebrate the day with a different charm and enthusiasm, we have provided below the theme of some of the previous years;
- Theme for 2019 – Engineering for Change
- Theme for 2018 – Engineering Challenges for Knowledge Era
- Theme for 2017 –Role of Engineers in a Developing India
- Theme for 2016 - Skill Development for Young Engineers to Reform the Core Sector: Vision 2025
- Theme for 2015 - Engineering Challenges for Knowledge Era
- Theme for 2014 – Making Indian Engineering World-Class
- Theme for 2013 - Frugal Engineering-Achieving More with Fewer Resources
A Short Biography of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is known as an Indian engineer who had also worked as a statesman. He had born on 15 September 1960 in Muddenahalli village of Karnataka. He completed his education from Central College in Bangalore and earned the degree of engineering from the College of Engineering in Pune. He had also been in the University of Bombay.
He started his career as an Assistant Engineer at the age of 25, serving in Nasik, Pune and many other places. Later, he became the Assistant Superintending Engineer in 1897 and visited several foreign lands. The best years of his service were from 1912 to 1918 during which he was the Diwan of Mysore. Because of his works in transforming Karnataka into a model state, he was known as the ‘Father of the Modern Mysore’.
During the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, he was the chief engineer of the project and constructed it as the biggest dam of Asia at that time. The invention of the block system, floodgates, and automated doors were some of his prominent works for which he would be remembered forever.
He worked with the ‘Order of the Indian Empire’ in the year 1911. The Government Engineering College of Bangalore was established by him in the year 1917. From 1927 to 1955, he was in the Board of Directors of TATA Steels. Because of his contributions in the development of India, the Government of India awarded him with the highest Indian civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1955.
On 14 April 1962, the great India engineer died in his home state Karnataka when he was around 102 years old. In his honour, there are many Indian institutes and monuments are named after him like Metro Stations, Engineering Institutes and Museum, etc.
The National Engineers Day is a very important event of the Indian calendar. Almost all the countries in the world have their National Engineering Day, different from each other. There is also a World Engineering Day that is celebrated globally on the 4th of March. However, National Engineering Day has its values and worth to be celebrated in every part of the nation.