Engineer's Day 2012
The Institution of Engineers (India), Uttarakhand State Centre (IEI, UKSC), Dehradun celebrated the 45th Engineer's Day in commemoration of 152nd Birthday of Bharat Ratna, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya as Engineer's day on 15th September, 2012. This was as a part of the celebrations organized all over the country in the memory of not only a great engineer, human being buy a statesman too this year The Institution of Engineers (India) celebrated the day with a theme lecture on "Appropriate Climate-responsive Technologies for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development" which was Delivered by Dr. S.J. Chopra, Chancellor, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun. The function was organized in the conference hall of The Institution of Engineers (India), Uttarakhand State Centre, Dehradun complex. Dr. Swarn Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India, Survey of India, Dehradun was the Chief Guest on the occasion and Er. K.P. Tripathi, Chairman, IEI, UKSC, Dehradun presided over the function. Er. K.P. Tripathi, Chairman, IEI, UKSC welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honours, Veteran Engineers to be felicitated on this occasion and the audience. He presented the objectives of the IEI, and various activities being undertaken by IEI viz. organization of seminars/workshops/symposia, publication of research journals in association with M/s Springer, usefulness of technician and student chapter, provision of research and development grant released by IEI, and conducting AMIE courses. Er. R.P. Jamloki, Immediate past Chairman, IEI, Uttarakhand State Centre, Dehradun paid tributes and presented the life sketch of Sir. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
The following Veteran Engineers of Uttarakhand were felicitated during this occasion for their exemplary services rendered in their respective field of engineering.
1. Er. S.C. Agrawal, Ex-Member (Distribution) of Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board
2. Er. Shri Chand Chauhan, Chief Engineer (Retd.), P.W.D.
3. Er. U.D. Pujari, MIE, S.E. (Retd.), P.W.D
4. Shri P.P. Singhal, Chief Engineer (Retd.), Irrigation Department
5. Shri A.K. Mehra, Executive Director (Retd.), O.N.G.C.
Dr D.S. Chauhan, Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun; Er G.P. Patel, Managing Director, Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, Dehradun and Er. D.V. Singh, Director (Technical), THDC, Rishikesh were guest of honour on the occasion. They expressed their views and suggestions to the engineers for development of the state of Uttarakhand and upliftment of the status of engineers in the society.
Dr. S.S. Rao, Surveyor General of India, Survey of India (SOI), Dehradun while addressing on this occasion paid tributes to Bharat Ratna, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya towards his excellent service rendered to the society. Dr. Rao narrated the vision of SOI and explained in detail the history of growth of survey and map preparation in India.The Survey of India is India's central engineering agency in charge of mapping and surveying. It was established during 1767 to help consolidate the territories of the British East India Company. It is one of the oldest Engineering Departments of the Government of India. He explained with examples the utility of SOI maps in cost effectiveness of projects as the maps appropriately guide layout of canals, electrical and telephone lines, water and gas pipe lines etc. Dr. Rao emphasized the need of working together. He said though we have several disciplines under engineering but all of them are mutually beneficial to each other. Engineers should not feel shy in consulting other useful disciplines.
Dr. S.J. Chopra, Chancellor, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun delivered lecture on "Appropriate Climate-responsive Technologies for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development". Dr. Chopra told that India's economy needs to grow at 8 % to 10 % annual to meet its human development needs. However that growth puts immense pressure on the country's fragile environment and natural resources. The demand for energy, a prime mover of economic development is also rapidly increasing. Access to clean, affordable and reliable energy to all becomes a crucial factor as it has a direct impact and influence on all the sectors. Climate change concerns with the growing global energy needs are now a focus of local and national attention around the world. India with its prominent role in international climate negotiations has implemented a diverse portfolio of programs and policies (nationally and within individual states) to promote renewable energy generation, improve energy efficiency across all sectors, and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. In order to meet the rising demand of energy for overall development of the country, the Government of India has an ambitious plan for both conventional power and renewable energy development. Harnessing renewable sources to generate off grid power particularly in rural areas to supplement the traditional sources is receiving increasing focus. A large fraction of the Indian households both in urban and rural areas use traditional biomass based solid fuels for cooking. On a per-capita basis, India is one of the lowest Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emitters in the world. Its emission of 1.18 tons of CO2 equivalent per capita in 2008 was nearly a quarter of the corresponding global average of 4.38 tones. Per capita annual consumption of energy in India is 780 Kwh which is one of the lowest in the world.
For the state of Uttarakhand's the numbers are 1100 Kwh which is significantly lower than the global average. Technology certainly plays an important role in the provision of the energy services that underpin development processes. Due to its topography and increased vulnerability due to climate change, the state of Uttarakhand in particular requires a basket of climate responsive technologies. The state of Uttarakhand like other Indian states presents its own set of opportunities and challenges in implementing low-carbon strategies for inclusive growth. There is an urgent need to deploy existing low carbon technologies and further scale up and expand investment in the research and development of emerging technologies. To fully embark on low carbon development pathway a supportive institutional set up is necessary. This has to be augmented with a suitable policy framework for research and development and interventions that facilitate adoption of new technology. Early seed and Venture capital funds could contribute to successful commercialization of innovations. UPES has already working rigorously in this direction.
Er. M.K. Tayal, Honorary Secretary, The Institution of Engineers (India), Uttarakhand State Centre, Dehradun presented vote of thanks to the dignitaries and the august gathering of engineers/guests on this occasion. The function was followed by cultural programme and dinner.