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Engineer’s Day: Role of Engineers has Now Become More Critical than Ever

Engineer’s Day is being celebrated today to commemorate Sir M Visvesvaraya, an Indian civil engineer and statesman, and Bharat Ratna awardee

This Engineer’s Day is unique in various ways. Today, apart from remembering and celebrating Bharat Ratna awardee Sir M Visvesvaraya, engineers across the world are being appreciated for playing a significant role during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With organizations forced to work from home overnight, and shift critical infrastructure to the location of employees, engineers had to work round the clock to ensure the seamless transition of this process.

“This year, we are experiencing a situation like never before and the world is changing at a rapid pace. Owing to the pandemic, there has been a tectonic shift in what was once considered normal, and the influx of technology has hastened the digital transformation across sectors; from retail and healthcare to communication and education, among others. Engineers, with their sharp, analytical minds, have been at the forefront of this change, while staying abreast with the latest technology,” said Dr Vishwakumara Kayargadde, co-founder and COO, Saankhya Labs.

“As we continue to adapt to the new normal, engineers would be required to expand their horizons and deepen their knowledge and skillset, towards emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, 5G, data analysis, and more. On Engineers Day, we should take this opportunity to appreciate the many contributions made by engineers in the development of our nation from a technological, entrepreneurial, and economic point of view. We are confident engineers will continue to rise to the occasion and new technological challenges and make a difference both to the organisation they are a part of, as well as the economy as a whole,” he added.

Furthermore, apart from work-from-home, the widespread digital adoption has led to an accelerated digital transformation across sectors. “September 15 is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India. The role of engineers has become more critical than ever because of the disruptive transformation that digital has brought about. Most of the business are heralded by technology today. A bank is now a technology company with a banking license. Furthermore, ubiquitous working accentuated by COVID-19 has put engineers, especially the ones in software, right at the centre of a global digital revolution. I believe it is vital to equip each engineer with skills to add value to a modern day digital enterprise and positively influence the lives of the people,” said Lakshmi Mittra, VP – Center of Excellence (CoE) and Clover Academy, Clover Infotech.

Several notable personalities have been congratulating engineers across the country as well. “Tributes to prolific engineer and statesman, Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya on his jayanti. On Engineer’s Day, I salute our talented and skilled engineers who have contributed significantly in the development of nation. India is proud of their pioneering works all across the world,” said Amit Shah.

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