Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Engineer's Day

Hallo Freunde,

Engineers, without whom the world is undoubtedly not what it is today. If terms like technology have existed it is because of Engineers. My first Engineering experience was to draw the graphic "we build the nation" and yes I am proud to be a builder of the nation. And of course I am always proud to be a Civil Engineer(I am biased).

We know that we celebrate this day in fond memory of one of our country's greatest engineer Bharat Ratna Sri Mokshagundam Vishweswaraih (M.V). I would also like to remember another famous engineer on this occasion with equal caliber, Padma Bhushan Sri K.L.Rao. Our country can never forget their valuable contributions. Major infrastructure projects were very well conceived by these men. The Krishnarajsagar dam and Nagarjunasagar dam stand as greatest examples for these two engineer's achievements. 

In 20th century engineering mostly pertained to infrastructure development. In later years other streams of engineering evolved. Today it might not come as a surprise to know that our country has greatest no.of engineers in the world. Engineers are a synonym for development. The more skilled man power we have the more we can develop. But our skilled man power is migrating to different corners of the world to earn a better living. If we look at the scenario prevailing in the country, IT industry professionals are one of the highest paid. Though a lot of engineers are earing their bread and butter through this industry, this industry is not solely responsible for development. In fact more than half of the IT industry is run by the foreign investors. The local IT industries are also dependent on international projects. Other sectors of engineering are just surviving but not at a competitive pace. The vital reason is difference of revenue generated/pay scales offered. Some way or the other engineers are shifting into IT industry, sometimes forced to get into this industry to survive a better life.

Our country needs great developments in terms of technology and infrastructure. But not even 50% of this requirement is met. According to recent news, it was said that the government planned to invest huge bucks in the country's infrastructure development. But one of the major concern was lack of skilled professionals in the country. It is very obvious, because our skilled professionals are rewarded much better in foreign countries when compared to ours. The living example is CWG project, one can definitely notice the deficit of no.of project engineers involvement in the output. When compared to the London's early bird preparations for the 2012 Olympics, and recent spectacular FIFA cup organised by SA, one can say our CWG plans have limped all the way through the race. Of course we have many other reasons apart from the above. 

If our country has to see more of M.Vs and K.L.Raos, it certainly needs to concentrate on retaining/rewarding the talented. Dubai another living example, the world witnessed enormous development in terms of infrastructure as the country had brought in skilled professionals from all corners of the world. And yes it involved great monetary deal too. We also can afford if our alloted funds for development properly utilized and if industrialists/developers don't crazily amass all the benefits of the projects themselves and etc etc;
I wish we see more sustainable development in the country in coming years.
Kudos to all those greatest engineers for their priceless contributions to the world.



Monday, September 13, 2010

Action Plan

Hello dear friends,

As I have mentioned in my previous post that it is going to goes the next version.

Well I have ended the post suggesting the mantra "Let us do our part" but how???... if the middle class has forgotten that they too have a vocal cord and started accepting everything that happens to them. If our ladies at home are so much interested in soap operas, and winning crazy amounts in reality game shows, why don't they take part in serious reality? And our gents are busy earning to pay the bills and moan once in a month about the price hikes. Because we take things for granted they keep happening to us again and again.

I have jotted down few things that we can do before expecting the crooked political system to change.

ü  Being responsible in using public property. Protesters,stop vandalising the public property; any act that damages the public property bounces back to us in form of a price hike.
ü  Being responsible in using our resources and premises. To clean off the irresponsible trash, we will again have to pay huge taxes. Needless to mention, the effects are rising pollution levels for which we will be blamed by our own children and grand children.
ü  Not surprisingly, 90% of us are corrupted in one way or the other. We are all so much deeply drained in it that it has become almost impossible to get out of it. I know our elders have moved on with it all these years, but youngsters can initiate the steps. Let us try our best to avoid the corrupt ways and sources.
ü  If we get to see the busiest towns in the country, the worst traffic offences are committed with no fear of law and not to forget the other innumerable criminal offences. Why don't we abide by the rules, at least few? I don’t think it is hard.
ü  And not to forget the NRIs, we also have a responsibility towards our country; important thing to be concentrated is economical disparities. Since a lot of NRIs earn decent amounts, it is not tough to send a donation to the people who need it.
ü  NRI Entrepreneurs can make headway to provide employment for the unemployed in the country and I guess these steps have already been taken. Wish more of these come up.
Friends, our little ones can also bring a positive change. Let us educate them, guide them to make them as responsible citizens since they are easy to mould and pure to preach. And before we get the blame from them, ‘let us do our part’.