Engineers Day Celebrations at Pilani Rajasthan Shridhar University
The theme for this year celebration is "Engineering Preparedness for Disaster Mitigation".
- (1888PressRelease) September 19, 2011 - Sep 15 is observed as Engineers Day in India as a mark of respect to Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born this day in 1860 and died on April 14, 1962. As enablers of change, engineers in India today are indeed equipped with the ability to convert dreams into performances and achievements. Considering the Challenges posed by asymmetrical growth, skyrocketing expectations and the gloom of dwindling resources, engineers are highly conscious that Information is just bits of data while Knowledge is putting them together and Wisdom is transcending them.
Whenever there is talk about Engineers, the quote of Albert Einstein "Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been'' and the quote of Scott Adams "Engineers like to solve problems and if there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems" immediately comes to everyone's mind.
As per International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), it has been observed that over 5 million people were killed or affected in the last 10 years and a huge amount of economic losses occurred due to the natural disaster. The exponential increase in economic losses associated with natural hazards in the developing countries poses a major obstacle to development. The statistics for the last 30 years clearly show that Asia is top ranking among disaster-afflicted region in the world, accounting for about 90% of all those affected by disasters, and more than 50% of the total fatalities and economic losses.
Shridhar University Pilani celebrated the 44th Engineers Day by organizing a talk to the students and faculty in the lecture theatre of the university. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof BR Natarajan welcomed the invited expert for the occasion Prof Rajiv Gupta who is presently Dean of Engineering Services Division at Birla Institute of Technology and Science - BITS Pilani to trigger the celebrations with a novel e lamp lighting. Prof Natarajan spoke on the life history of Sir Visvesvaraya and gave an overview of the theme for this year celebrations.
Prof Rajiv Gupta starting with the World Health Organization - WHO definition of disaster gave both the global aspects as well as the Indian scenario on disaster mitigation. For engineering preparedness, he laid particular emphasis on application of technology including GIS, GPS etc for facing the challenges. Using various maps, Prof Rajiv highlighted the various disaster prone zones in India based on earthquake, flood, drought and cyclone occurrences.
After an interesting question answer session, Prof Natarajan thanked Prof Rajiv and gave a memento on behalf of Shridhar University for accepting the invitation to enlighten the proceedings.
About Shridhar University: An initiative of the Sarvhit Trust, Shridhar University Pilani has been established under Section 2(f) of UGC Act 1956 incorporated by Government of Rajasthan vide Ordinance No. 3 of 2009 and the same ratified by the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly vide Act No. 4 of 2010 as The SHRIDHAR UNIVERSITY ACT BIGODNA, JHUNJHUNU. Further, Vide letter F.No 8-3/2010(CPP-I/PU) dated 31 May 2010, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has also notified Shridhar University under Section 2(f) of UGC Act 1956. ISO 9001:2008 certified Shridhar University has 11 Schools of Learning offering various Certificate, Diploma, Under Graduate, Post Graduate as well as Doctoral programmes. In order to prepare students for a global future, Shridhar University has actively taken up collaborations with various national & international institutions and already has signed MoU with top ranking Athens University of Economics and Business - AUEB, Greece