Engineers Day

PEC celebrates "Engineers Day" on September 15 every year to commemorate the birthday of the legendary Engineer Sir M.Visvesvaraya (1861-1962). Engineers Day is a celebration of everything engineering has to offer. From building bridges to discovering new medications to writing the software that powers our cell phones, engineers and computer scientists do the things that make our 21st-century world work.

Engineers Day celebrations at PEC, an annual event sponsored by a coalition of more than 100 professionals from Industry dedicated to promote mathematics and science literacy and ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce. There are all kinds of things to see and do at Engineers Day. You’ll be able to explore many of our research and computer labs to see what our students do.

Both the Industry and Academia have equal responsibility to share to ensure that the engineers become ready to face the growing and ever-changing need in this knowledge era. PEC has an important role in this Endeavour.

In India, every year, 15 September is celebrated as Engineer's Day in the memory of Bharat Ratna awardee Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. He was an eminent scholar, statesman and chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagar dam in Mysore as well as the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad. To commemorate the event, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE PEC) Student Chapter organized a lecture at PEC.

The occasion was graced by Dr. Hemendra Singh Gusain, who is an eminent scientist at Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (DRDO), Chandigarh and Treasurer, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Chandigarh Chapter.

He discussed importance of advanced Geospatial techniques like Remote Sensing/GIS/GPR and digital mapping in cryosphere. He also deliberated on the role of civil engineering in cryosphere studies and shared his experience and challenges while working in cryosphere. Dr. Gusain also encouraged the students to join societies like Indian Society of Remote Sensing, which will help students to know the latest advancements and projects in Civil engineering.

This lecture was attended by Faculty Incharge Prof HAS Sandhu and more than 40 students. Prof HAS Sandhu, highlighted the various aspects of the life of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and also presented a token of appreciation to Dr. Gusain.

PEC University of Technology celebrated the 48th Engineer’s Day to commemorate the birthday of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, a legendary engineer and a scholar. Sir Visvesvaraya, an eminent Indian engineer and statesman born in Muddenahalli in Chikballapur, Karnataka was a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, in 1955. Knighted by the British for his myriad contributions to the public good, he was internationally recognised for his brilliance in harnessing water resources.

The event started with the recitation of the PEC anthem, ‘We are PEC’. Following this, all the dignitaries paid a floral tribute to Sir Visvesvaraya. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. S. C. Handa, Director-General, Quantum Global Campus, Roorkee and a Civil Engineering graduate of PEC (Batch of 1963). This Engineer’s Day was celebrated under the theme, ‘Engineering Challenges for the Knowledge Era’.

Highlighting the importance of the Knowledge Era, Director Dr. Manoj K Arora said that with the increasing emphasis on ‘Digital India’, ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Bullet Trains’, knowledge had become the new mantra and inter-disciplinary innovations would deliver path-breaking technological solutions. He took pride in the fact that PEC had produced engineers of national and international repute in the last 90 years. He also saluted the institute’s active alumni base and congratulated the institute on making the new ‘Alumni Connect’ website global. DAA Prof. Praveen Kalra and Dean Alumni Affairs, Prof. K K Gogna were also present on the occasion.

Subsequently, Prof. Arun Kumar, Electronics Engineering Department, shared his research experience in the area of ‘Futuristic Nano-Electronic Devices’. He discussed the concept of ‘Ballistic Rectifier’, which performs the function of ‘Bridge Rectifier’ with the use of a single diode in place of 4 used in the bridge reactor. Later, Lakshay Khurana, Electronics Engineering Department and Agnit Mukhopadhyay, Aerospace Engineering Department shared their 6-month research experiences on ‘Brain Computer Interface’ and ‘Thermal Protection Systems of a Space Capsule’, respectively.

Dr. S. C. Handa, addressing the students, recalled his time at PEC and the lessons he received from former Principal, Prof. R N Dogra. Taking up the example of ‘Anand Kumar’ of ‘Super-30’ fame, he exhorted the students to have a passion in life. Speaking on ‘Taj Mahal’, Dr. Handa shared the history of the monument. He also shared interesting information about the technical marvels of ‘Taj Mahal’. He gave the example of structural marvels like the double dome and the marble screen which helps to cool the air that enters the monument. He also explained the type of foundation of the structure of ‘Taj Mahal’ and the marbles form Makrana, the stone that was used to make the monument. The institute thanked Dr. S C Handa for his valuable lecture.

Engineer’s Day was celebrated on 15th September 2014 in PEC University of Technology to commemorate the birthday of Bharat Ratna awardee Sir MokshagundamVisvesvaraya, a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore during 1912 to 1918.He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya.

The event commenced with the lamp lighting ceremony followed by Sarasvati Vandana. Chief Guest for the event was Rear Admiral B.R. Taneja, Director General, Weapons and Electronics Systems Engineering Establishments (WESEE), who is also an alumnus of PEC 1980 batch. Director Dr. Manoj Arora welcomed the chief guest and expressed his views on the future engineering applications and initiating undergraduates in research projects. Rear Admiral Taneja gave a presentation titled ‘Indian Navy -Harbinger of Technology’ which enlightened the students about the cutting-edge technology currently being deployed in the Indian Navy and job prospects in the Navy. He also shared anecdotes from his life in the college and Navy. The event was also attended by Deputy Director Prof. Sanjeev Sofat, Dean of Academic Affairs Prof. Praveen Kalra, Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Perminderjit Singh and other faculty members.

Engineers Day (15th September) was celebrated on 16th September’kk 2013 in PEC University of Technology to commemorate the birthday of Sir MokshagundamVisvesvaraya, a legendary engineer and a scholar. The event started with the lamp lighting ceremony by Director Dr. Manoj Arora. Guest of honour for the event was Dr. Sachdeva, Principal at PEC from 1969- 1977.

Director Dr. Manoj Arora talked about the importance of engineering in context of the current scenario. Prof. Arora also impressed upon the theme of this year's engineer's day "Frugal Engineering – Achieving More with Fewer Resources". He said, it is indeed a challenge for the engineers in future, particularly, in India. A presentation on history and various aspects of civil engineering was by Mr. Pramod Ralhan, a PEC alumnus of 1984 Civil Engineering batch and Director at Design Solutions Inc. In addition there were two presentations by FSAE and Moon Buggy Project teams who have participated in competitions / projects at National and International level. Dr. Uma Batra (Professor and Head, Metallurgy Engineering Department and Dean RP&D)thanked the dignitaries present.