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Engineers Day Celebrations at GNITS. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

“Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable like a talking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change. Engineers operate at the interface between science and society.” -Dean Gordon Brown

“Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.” -Albert Einstein

Engineering is one of the most opted fields for a Bachelors degree far and wide and this stature hasn’t been built in a day. It is the outcome of the diligence and perseverance of several eminent engineers, one of them being Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya. To commemorate his remarkable contribution to the field of engineering, his birthday, the 15th of September, every year is celebrated as ‘Engineer’s Day’ all over India. Being a civil engineer by profession did not restrain him to handle the matters of economic development in India most effortlessly. Mr. M.Visvesvarayya went ahead to receive the Indian republic’s highest honor, Bharat Ratna, in 1955.

Dignitaries on stage. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

Dignitaries on stage. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money”- Sir M.Visvesvarayya

As a tribute, the 15th of September, 2009, the 147th birth anniversary of Sir M.Visvesvarayya and the 42nd Engineer’s Day was celebrated at GNITS with great enthusiasm. The event started off with a prayer song by Sravani of the IT department, followed by garlanding of the picture of Sir M.Visvesvarayya and lightening the lamp. The chief guest of the event was Sri. K.S.Rajashekara Rao, Retired Chairman & Managing Director of ECIL. Mr. Rao is himself a recipient of many laurels for his exceptional work in the 39 years of his industrial career.

The eloquent speech by Mr. K.S.R Rao was one of the highlights of the day. It was both interactive and inspiring. He brought forward the significance of the balance of the three quotients in life, viz. Intelligence, Emotional and Spiritual (IQ, EQ & SQ). When a student, P. Soujanya asked him, who his inspiration is, he answered, “I seek inspiration from many people in various aspects of life. To be specific, my greatest inspiration is Mr. A.S.Rao, who happened to be my senior at office. He is the most disciplined, honest and conscientious person I’ve ever seen. He didn’t think twice while dismissing his own son for a wrongdoing.” Such people surely are very rare to find. In the end he concluded saying, “Always be truthful, respectful and grateful to whatever comes across in life. Never forget your foundations.” He also wished the students luck for their future endeavors.

The mementos. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

The mementos. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

After a few inspirational speeches and a few others, which left the audiences groaning, the much awaited prize distribution ceremony began. The prizes that were handed out were:

·        ‘Young Promising Engineer’ award presented to one final year student from each of the six departments.

·        Winners of the Essay writing competition, which was conducted earlier this month as a part of the celebrations.

A ‘Young Promising Engineer’ should posses all round capabilities in the areas of academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. The winners were short listed from the received applications, weighing their overall performance and the final winners were:

  • A. Yochana of ECE
  • J. Mounica of CSE
  • K. Manogya of EEE
  • A. Madhuri of IT
  • B. Priyanka of ETM
  • N. Madhuri of ICE

The awardees were truly deserving candidates and received their certificates, mementos and a cash prize of Rs.2000 by the chief guest. He was seen interacting with each of them personally and discussing about their interests.

Mr. Rao in conversation with one of the 'Young Promising Engineers'. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

Mr. Rao in conversation with one of the 'Young Promising Engineers'. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

Receiving the certificate. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

Receiving the certificate. Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

The other Young Promising Engineers! Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

The other Young Promising Engineers! Credits: Enigmatic Euphony

When asked how they feel at being recognized as the most promising engineers, all of them said that they were very excited and elated about it and thanked the institution, their respective HODs and faculty for guiding them through the years. “It is one of the most memorable moments in my life. It feels great to be the chosen one in the whole class. All my hard work has finally paid off,” shares a delighted B. Priyanka of ETM. On asked if she was expecting the award, N. Madhuri of ICE, said with confidence, “Yes, I was expecting the award from when I’ve applied for it. I trusted my sincerity and hard work and I am glad I wasn’t let down.”

Later, the Essay Writing competition winners were also awarded their prizes. The program ended with honoring the chief guest and a vote of thanks. At the very end, everyone was seen savoring the tasty snacks in the lawns and wishes of ‘Congratulations’ to the winners were pouring in from everywhere.

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