“Engineers Analyse, Design And Manufacture Change”
Dr. D. S. Bormane, Principal of AISSMS College of Engineering, Pune talks about what is and what needs to be the state of engineering in India- as a career and its education path.
Engineering is everything humans have artificially created or developed utilizing the treasures given by nature. Today, engineering is at its zenith with innovative advancements in technology continuously encouraged by the zeal of mankind to achieve beyond what mind can think. Every sphere of engineering and technology is putting hard efforts to get better everyday, bringing mankind to new and higher horizons. Engineering is just another word for innovative ideas being brought to life. An English proverb rightly says, "Necessity is the mother of invention" That simply means, the primary driving force for most of the new inventions are needs of human beings. From the beginning of time, man has been on a constant journey of radical change right from the invention of the wheel to the latest technology of flexible screen being designed to be incorporated in mobile phones.
Creativity, yet another characteristic of engineering, is at its best in nature and man being a rational animal is learning from nature and implementing the same into his latest inventions just like Resilient Technologies, who have built tires that can’t go flat. The ease with which man is going forward in creating things which were once thought of as impossible is truly commendable. But on the other hand, man has a great responsibility towards making technology sustainable for all. Man utilizing resources effectively, should respect the needs of future generations to have their share in living a comfortable life while also being given the freedom to produce technology of their own. By being socially responsible, man will apply the knowledge acquired, for satisfying the growing needs of the community today and also play an important role in probing for alternative sources of energy necessary for the requirements of our descendents.
Engineering Stands Out
There are several aspects of engineering which makes it stand out from the rest, one of it being, the quality enhancement of product to achieve high productivity and output. Let’s take for example, storage of data for a common man had become a necessity and thus a floppy came to being, but as of today, where do we see a floppy drive, even CDs have also become a rare sight. In the present era, companies like Samsung have launched Mobile phones have 1Tb internal memory along with fast speed internet right at the fingertips. Yes, change is the need of the hour today. People can’t remain stagnant. But alongside technology, a crucial change needs to be brought about in the areas like Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We shouldn’t forget that for a sustainable future of upcoming generations and for remaining human as we should be, our responsibility towards our Mother Earth stands on highest priority. This change can be brought about by extending our hands towards reducing wastage at the source itself and trying to recycle all that could be, reducing the immeasurable wastage being dumped on land masses and in water bodies. This challenge lies before the entire human race which could be successfully overcome only by making a combined effort to fight wastage and promote a free and a clean environment for all
Engineering Education on a Rise
In India, we have a sum total of 23 IITs and 31 NITs for promoting higher education in the fields of Engineering and Technology. There are 347 engineering colleges in the whole of Maharashtra having a total intake of 1,30,356 students among which 75+ colleges are located in Pune district alone. These colleges have produced several engineers over the past years. The average package of an engineer lies somewhere between 3 lakhs to 21 lakhs and some go beyond that too but employability of these graduates highly depend on their own approach towards engineering. A student having the required technical knowledge, a professional attitude and practical approach will surely get a placement which students don’t really understand. Today engineers have spread in sectors of manufacturing industries, government offices, research and development and also into the dynamic field of entrepreneurship handling several portfolios very professionally.
The education standards in India are on a continuous rise and thus every institute is undergoing accreditation processes under NAAC and NBA, two of the most renowned organizations for quality check in India. These processes automatically improve the quality of the students graduating, which further strengthens the academic forefront of our country making the engineers not just employable at minimum wages but empowered to work at positions that directly affect the nation's development.
India a Hub for Smart
India has a huge amount of potential stored deep within the minds of its people, especially the youth who have not yet explored their domain of expertise. But most of the potential generally remains unexplored due to our fixed mindsets and monotonous thought processes. If only we could begin to ‘think outside the box’ about the situations and challenges we face, India will become an exceptionally brilliant nation. There are several engineers employed at prestigious positions in multinational companies abroad. The entire world sees India as a hub of smart people and intelligent brains who can be challenged and who performs to the expected standards.
Engineering is also about courage, courage to make changes and sometimes being the change- courage to be ethical in situations which call you to be just the opposite. Courage doesn’t mean we won’t fall below expectations but rather it is about standing up back after every realization. Engineering is regarding the magic of new innovations coupled with the need to recycle wastages, placed carefully under the umbrella of sustainable excellence.
India has a huge amount of potential stored deep within the minds of its people, especially the youth who have not yet explored their domain of expertise. But most of the potential generally remains unexplored due to our fixed mindsets and monotonous thought processes. ‘Thinking outside the box’ is what we need to inculcate in every situation and challenges