Engineers’ Day 2023: Insights from the Industry

September 15, 2023

Engineer’s Day is celebrated on September 15th every year. This date marks the birthday of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a renowned Indian engineer, statesman, and the recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Engineer’s Day in India is a day to recognize the role of engineers in nation-building and development.

Engineer’s Day, celebrated on September 15th each year, honors the engineering field and its contributions. The STEM industry has experienced significant changes, from high demand for talent to layoffs in tech giants. The focus has shifted towards skill-based hiring, particularly in areas like cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, AI/ML, etc. Sustainable innovation is now a top priority, addressing concerns like climate change and environmental impact. Green jobs are on the rise, emphasizing ESG initiatives. To bridge the gender gap in STEM, organizations are offering equal opportunities, resulting in increased female enrollment in STEM courses. While gender equity in STEM is a work in progress, the trends indicate positive strides toward diversity and inclusion. says Sachin Alug, CEO, NLB Services

In the new vision for engineers, traditional boundaries no longer apply. Engineers of the future must undergo interdisciplinary learning to address complex problems of the modern world. They should possess a strong foundation in digital technologies, understanding of the physical, natural, and economic world, teamwork skills and the ability to acquire new knowledge as required. Furthermore, a deep immersion in social sciences is vital for our engineers, so that they develop a broader social perspective and grow up as caring and compassionate citizens of the world.”  says Prof. Rudra Pratap, Founding Vice Chancellor, Plaksha University.

E-commerce giants like Amazon are reshaping service delivery, connecting producers and consumers efficiently. Engineers play a vital role in this evolving landscape. Manufacturers turn to engineers for smart machines that reduce inventory costs and enable real-time production monitoring. Virtual showrooms replace large inventories. 3-D printing gains momentum in manufacturing. India shifts towards a knowledge-based economy in infrastructure development. In healthcare, engineers harness tech innovations, potentially outnumbering doctors. Emerging technologies drive demand for electronics, media, and data science engineers. Agriculture modernizes with tech solutions, creating opportunities for engineering graduates. Defense and space sectors offer growing career prospects for engineers. E-commerce and online shopping drive demand for various engineering domains. Contrary to popular belief and media reports of declining demand for engineering graduates and college closures, competent engineers with a strong foundation in theory and practice have a bright future ahead. – Dr. D. Srikanth Rao, Director, Manipal Institute of Technology.

Higher education institutions will need to create a very different student culture in engineering schools — a culture that encourages originality and innovation to resolve everyday problems that confront society. It requires a big leap of faith for most engineering schools and one has to wait and watch the outcomes of applying design/studio thinking in engineering colleges where it has already been implemented. But one thing is for sure: studio or workshop-based pedagogies can provide the much-needed innovation stimulus that has been missing in most engineering programmes in India. – Pratyush Shankar, Provost, Navrachana University, Vadodara

“In the contemporary world, technology has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of our lives, serving as the foundational blueprint upon which diverse aspirations for a robust and inclusive future are being constructed. Engineer’s Day provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge and commend the pivotal role that engineers play in shaping societies, fortifying infrastructure, and cultivating a safer, more efficient world. Engineers are the bedrock of a thriving society and economy. At NEC, we harness the transformative potential of cutting-edge technologies such as AI, ML, blockchain, and biometrics. These tools have swiftly evolved from mere buzzwords to essential assets in governance and public service. They empower our engineers to make informed decisions, optimize resource allocation, and enhance security, creating a transparent and efficient society where citizens actively engage in governance. This Engineer’s Day, we celebrate our government’s unwavering commitment to bolstering research and development, exemplified by initiatives like the Centers of Excellence for AI. These centers serve as crucibles where innovation transforms into reality, benefiting not only our nation but also the global community. Through these endeavours, we pave the way for a resilient, technology-driven future for India and the interconnected world. Engineering isn’t just a profession; it’s a covenant between human ingenuity and challenges. As we engineer solutions for a more resilient world, let our innovations serve as the cornerstones of a brighter tomorrow. On this day, let us rekindle our dedication to innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity, crafting a flourishing world for generations to come.” Aalok Kumar, Corporate Officer & Senior VP – Head of Global Smart City Business, NEC Corporation & President and CEO, NEC Corporation India

“Engineering Day is a powerful commemoration of the vital role that engineers play in transforming our country. We celebrate their drive to innovation, problem-solving, and an immutable spirit to make the impossible possible. Our budding engineers have a genuine desire to excel and learn from the best. It is not only STEM knowledge but also qualifications in English that they seek so that they can express themselves better. English Qualifications become a key for our promising technologists to join courses in universities all over the globe. Our engineers pursuing higher studies abroad not only broaden their horizons but also bring back invaluable knowledge and global perspectives. This continuous pursuit of excellence fuels progress and drives our industries forward. It is a win for India!” – John D’Souza, Director, The English Advantage

Also read: Engineer’s Day: 5 platforms that make engineers job ready

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