National Engineers Day celebrated with fervour

Er V N Sharma receiving IEI Award during National Engineers Day function at Jammu Local Centre of the Institution of Engineers (India).
Er V N Sharma receiving IEI Award during National Engineers Day function at Jammu Local Centre of the Institution of Engineers (India).

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sep 15: National Engineers Day was celebrated today with great enthusiasm across Jammu and Kashmir. The Day is celebrated all over the country on 15th September to commemorate the birth anniversary of the greatest engineer of India “Bharat Ratna, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya”.
The Institution of Engineers (India), Jammu Local Centre celebrated 54th Engineers’ Day at its Institutional Complex, Channi Himmat, Jammu. It was attended by the engineers from various departments and organizations physically as well as virtually. Er BB Sharma, FIE Former Chairman, IEI, Jammu Centre was the chief guest of the function, which was presided over by Dr Sanjay Khar, FIE, Chairman IEI Jammu Centre.
Presenting welcome address, Dr Sanjay Khar deliberated on the theme “Engineers for Skill Development & Employment in combating COVID” of 54th Engineers’ Day and highlighted the activities undertaken by the IEI Jammu Local Centre. On the occasion, rich tributes were paid to Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya by Er Anik Gutpa, FIE. He also highlighted the lifelong achievements, sterling qualities, austerity, integrity, competence and discipline of the greatest icon of engineering profession.
Further, the chief guest honoured Er V N Sharma, FIE with IEI Award for the year 2021 for his life time achievements on the engineering profession. Er V N Sharma has been recently appointed as non-official member of Regional Empowered Committee, Integrated Regional Office Jammu, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, covering the UTs of J&K and Ladakh. He also honoured Er B L Rawal, MIE (Retired XEn and former Honorary Secretary, IEI, Jammu Centre) with D K Gupta Engineer of the Year Award for the year 2021 for his life time achievements to the engineering profession.
Er Vijay Kumar Sharma and Er Sachin Tickoo were awarded with R L Sharma Memorial Gold Medal for presenting the best technical paper, Er Vinod Kumar and Er P K Nanda, MIE were awarded with Rudra Bhagwati Silver Medal for presenting 2nd best technical paper and IEI Bronze Medal was presented to Er Anil Verma, MIE & Er Vinod Kumar, MIE for presenting 3rd best technical paper for the year 2020 and 2021, respectively.
On the occasion, 1st issue of 19th volume of quarterly News Letter ‘IEI Jammu News’ was also released by the chief guest along with members of Editorial Board –Er Sanjay Khar, FIE; Er Anik Gupta, FIE; Er Samir Sharma, MIE; Er Ajay Sharma, MIE; Er Sunl Seth, MIE and Er C P Sharma, MIE.
The chief guest also honoured Er S C Thukral, FIE; Er P K Nanda, MIE; Er B L Rawal, MIE; Er Anil Verma, MIE; Er Vinod Kumar, MIE; Er Ranjeev Sawhney, MIE; Er Mir Muneer Hussain, MIE and Er Akash Dusgotra, AMIE with mementoes for presenting two or more technical papers during the year 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Er C P Sharma, MIE; Honorary Secretary, IEI Jammu Local Centre conducted the proceedings of the programme.
Meanwhile, a function was also organized by Gandhi Global Family (GGF) J&K to celebrate Engineers’ Day in Jammu. On the occasion, General Tej Krishan Kaul (Veteran) was the chief guest while Rajiv Mahajan, Editor in Chief, Top News of J&K was the guest of honour. The programme was organized by Dr S P Varma, vice president GGF. During the programme, GGGF honoured the services of engineers by presenting them an Emblem. Those who were honored include Er Naiz Ahmed Bandey (SE retired), Er Ashwani Mehra (Executive Engineer retired) and Rajinder Kumar Sharma (Executive Engineer ERA), Anoj Gupta (AEE PWD) and Er IC Jandial (retired).
To celebrate the occasion, a webinar on “New Era of Civil engineering” was organized at Aryans College of Engineering, Rajpura, near Chandigarh. Prof (Dr) Rohitashw Kumar, Dean & College of Engineering & Technology, Sher- e- Kashmir University of Agriculture Science & Technology (SKUAST), J&K interacted with the Aryans students of B Tech and Polytechnic Diploma. Dr Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans group presided over the event.
Kumar while interacting said that Civil Engineering is the only branch of engineering which contributes directly towards the society and it is the oldest branch of engineering. There would be no treated water to drink, no safe buildings and structures, no transportation infrastructure for travelling and no drainage and irrigation channel without this important field of Engineering, he added.
The NSS unit of Government College of Engineering & Technology (GCET), Jammu today organized an online poster making competition to celebrate National Engineers Day. The event held under the patronage of College Principal Dr Sameru Sharma. The theme of the poster competition was “Role of Engineers during COVID-19 Pandemic”. A total number of 45 participants from different engineering colleges of J&K participated in the event with great enthusiasm and zeal. They beautifully presented their ideas regarding engineers’ role in this tough COVID-19 situation through their posters.