Here in India Engineers Day is celebrated on 15th September every year to honor Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya (1860-1965), an eminent Indian engineer who had built many dams across the country. His contributions and job par excellence is evident from the fact that many of the dams which are constructed are functional to this day without any technical difficulties and testimony to his brilliance & good work. He belonged to the elite League of Engineers in an era where engineering was a rarity, but there definitely was quality no doubt about that. The word engineer has a Latin root ingenium, which means “cleverness”. An engineer by definition is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and concerned to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, safety and cost. So in one word an engineer maybe considered as an Inventor in layman’s language. But the 21st century scenario in India doesn’t support this theory.
We Indians churn out at least 3, 50,000 engineers each year but much to the contrary belief they end up doing jobs which they were not meant to do. US and even China still produce more engineers and technologists than India (contrary to popular belief), but the only difference is that they produce quality engineers. We need those professionals who can implement and innovate new technologies for the betterment of the country. I not being anti- India here but just being sentimental to my field of study. Here in India we have 1,346 engineering colleges approved by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) but still around 75% of engineers are unemployable according to NASSCOM. “The focus in most institutes here is always on academics and theory. Thus a mechanical engineer may actually not know how to change a part of a machine. Therefore even if a high scoring student gets placed in a good company, eventually that lack of practical knowledge catches up,” said A. D. Sahasrabudhu, Director of the College of Engineering, Pune. Mr. Sahasrabudhu rightly said that the present necessity is in revamping the engineering syllabus to put more emphasis on practical knowledge and technology updatability. We need to put the theory into practice and equip our technologists with such weaponry. It is not that India lacks talent, otherwise they wouldn’t be responsible for various scientific and technological advancements our Agni missiles and nuclear testing being epitome to it. We just need to realize that what Mr. Visvesvarayya did for our country exhibited innovation and dedication. If all the engineers and technologists of the country do followed his path then there is no stopping for team India.