15 September 2021
The ‘Punjabi Engineers Welfare Society’-PEWS today celebrated 54th Engineers Day in a hybrid event at PCA Stadium. The engineers working in various departments, boards and corporations attended the event.
Rajagopalan Vasudevan, an eminent Indian scientist who has worked on waste management was the guest speaker. He is currently a professor in Thiagarajar College of Engineering and has developed an innovative method to reuse plastic waste to construct better, more durable cost-effective roads. Dr Padmakumar Nair was the keynote speaker.
Dr Padmakumar Nair, Director and Dean of LM Thapar School of Management, who is an accomplished researcher, professor and a scholar in the area of leadership development and sustainability was the keynote speaker. He stressed on the need for empathy and trust in engineering.
“To lay one kilometre of road, you need one tonne of plastic,” explained Rajagopalan Vasudevan. “This translates to 10 lakh plastic carry bags. Today, India has 41 lakh km of road, and we do not have enough plastic to convert all of them into plastic roads. So we should not have any problem in disposing of plastics in the future using this technology.”
Er. Manmohan Singh, President of the PEWS welcomed the guests. The Engineers’ day is celebrated, every year, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Awardee Sir M. Visvesvaraya, a prominent engineer of the country. He was the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city in Hyderabad in Telangana, as well as the chief engineer responsible for construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore and Kawari Dam.
In this program the Chief Engineers of various departments retired since the last Engineers Day were felicitated. In addition, the engineers having significant contributions in the sports and other sectors were also recognized.
Addressing distinguished engineers from diverse fields, Er Manmohan Singh, Member Punjab Infrastructure Regulatory Authority and other speakers highlighted the achievement of Engineering fraternity in the state of Punjab. He said, “Engineers have achieved great heights in the world. We only need to update ourselves as technology is getting advanced within a fraction of second. India has a number of great Engineers but we still need more quality than quantity. We just need to focus more on quality and advanced technology.”
He said that the society represents all the engineering fraternity of all the departments, boards and corporations of Punjab Government and will make all sincere efforts for the welfare of the engineering sectors and sustainable infrastructure in the State of Punjab.