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.




  1. Nice post Jo! Its the fact that there is no development w/o civil engineers. They build the nation. Thanks for the post which reminded me that 'Am also a civil engineer :)'


  2. Thanks Jo..I jus kinda vented out my personal feelings thru this one :)