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Engineers’ Day 2019 – Theme: “Engineering for Change”




Theme: “Engineering for Change”

September 15 is celebrated every year in the country since 1967 as “Engineers’ Day” to commemorate the
birthday of the legendary engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Sir Visvesvaraya, an eminent Indian
engineer and statesman was born in a remote village  Karnataka, the State that is incidentally now the
Hi-tech State of the country. Due to his outstanding contribution to the society, Government of India
conferred “Bharat Ratna” on this legend in the year 1955. He was also called the precursor of economic
planning in India. His learned discourse on economic planning in India, Planned Economy for India and
Reconstructing India, was the first available document on the planning effort of the country and it is still held
as the parent source matter for economic planners. A theme of national importance is chosen every year by the Council of the Institution and deliberated at its various State/Local Centres to educate the engineering fraternity in general and the society in particular. This  year the 52nd Engineers’ Day will be celebrated all over the country and the Council of the Institution has selected the theme as “Engineering for Change” to mark the occasion
‘Change’ is the most important challenge faced by the engineers of a developing India. They are further
being challenged by the changing climate and ever increasing population. Extensive research is being
carried out in all engineering disciplines to cope with such emerging challenges. Information and
communication technology and Electronics are playing a key role in several initiatives such as Digital India, Make in India, Startup India and Smart Cities. Keeping in view of the rapid transformation and innovation at international level, engineers of our country should be prepared to cope-up with the changes. The complexity further increases due to environmental concerns and actions needed for sustainable development. Engineers now cannot restrict themselves to a particular discipline. Good understanding
of interdisciplinary innovations, design, planning and undertaking of researches and projects on that is the
need of the hour. Renewable energy has become the key notion of all Electrical as well as Environmental engineers as we have to move away from fossil fuel to save the environment. Wind energy and solar PV energy are now finding place amidst the conventional energy supply of the nation and interconnectivity of those with the main grid is being looked into. To facilitate the mobility of the huge population of our country, ‘Green transport’ is required to be implemented for all mass transport system. Therefore the theme “Engineers for Change” calls upon the engineers to be the harbinger for the change by exploring the disruptive technologies in all engineering sectors to enable India to lead the crusade of mitigation
of climate change. The theme ‘Engineering for Change’ is chosen for Engineer’s Day 2019
celebrations to address all these aspects.




Year 2019 will mark the 52nd anniversary of the Engineers Day in India and  birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya. It will be celebrated on 15 September, Saturday.

Sir MV was internationally popular for his brilliance and his great achievement in harnessing water resources in India. This is also important to know that all over the world engineers’ day is celebrated on different dates. Engineers are the professionals who design, build and test the construction, raw materials and process of the project; they also consider the restrictions imposed by the regulation, feasibility, safety and cost of the project. Engineers play a very significant role in every walk of our lives. They convert the theoretical knowledge of basic sciences into actual products and thus make our lives easy. Engineers possess versatile minds and help in filling the gap between science, technology and the community. Engineers in India contribute greatly to the nation’s technological and industrial growth.


Engineers’ day is celebrated for the great works of Sir MV towards the development of various places which are the most developed cities of today’s India. Sir MV is an international hero, recognized for his mastermind in harnessing water resources; he had successfully designed and constructed several river dams, bridges and revolutionized the irrigation system in India by implementing irrigation and drinking water system all over India.


Different cities have different methods of celebrating Engineer’s Day. Engineering is a vast field with different specialization such as electrical, technical, computer, mechanical, etc and thus different departments call for celebration in different style. The celebration methods may also vary from company to company. While government companies follow the annual theme for the Engineers’ day, private companies may either follow the theme or may decide their own theme. Engineers play a great role in the advancement and economic growth of any company and thus it doesn’t matter how they celebrate the annual day, what is important that they must rejoice the annual function to keep motivated themselves and continue with the great work they do for general public.

Engineer’s Day is a significant occasion considering the fact that India produces close to 20 lakh engineers in a year. The year 2019 will mark the 51th anniversary of the Engineers Day in India. Visvesvaraya was not only known for his contributions in the field of engineering but was also called the ” precursor of economic planning in India”, according to the Institution of Engineers India (IEI). Sir Visvesvarayya was an acclaimed engineer recognized for his mastermind in harnessing water resources. He had successfully designed and constructed several river dams, bridges and revolutionized the irrigation system in India by implementing irrigation and drinking water system. Sir Visvesvarayya was born on September 15, 1861, to Srinivasa Sastry and Venkachamma at Muddenahalli village in Kolar district of Karnataka. He completed BA with distinction from Central College of Bangalore and Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune, in 1881 and 1883, respectively. He began his career as an Assistant Engineer with Public Works Department (PWD) at Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1884 and was later requested to join the Indian Irrigation Commission. As a Public Works Department engineer, he accomplished several projects related to maintenance of public buildings, road construction and laying out city developments plans in several important towns.

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