What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘ENGINEER’, endless assignments, jokes on how screw up the engineers are, no social life, the people who still haven’t figure out what they want to do with their life…I guess this all is true. Prominent figures like, Raghuram Rajan, Rowan Atkinson, Mike Bloomberg, Ashton Kutcher, Kalpana Chawla, Neil Armstrong all are engineers.
Engineer’s day is celebrated in India on September 15th of every year to commemorate the birthday of. The legendary civil engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (popularly known as Sir MV). Mokshagundam (15 September 1861 – 12 April 1962) was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Deewan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He was conferred with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his contribution towards engineering.
Interesting facts about Engineering in India.
1) India is producing 1.5 Million Engineers every year. Which is twice the population of Iceland and producing engineers more than U.S and China taken together.
2) 1.4 million People appeared in JEE in 2014 – This figure is more than the people appearing in GMAT and GRE in the entire WORLD..!!
3) India’s coaching industry every year make more money than Bollywood.
4) 1/3rd of the Engineers in the Silicon Valley are Indians. 15 % startups in the Silicon Valley have had an Indian Co-Founder. That is higher than China, Taiwan and Japan combined together.
5) If Engineering was a religion in India, it would be 5th most popular religion.
No matter how much fun everyone makes of engineers and no matter how much as an engineer. My friends, I hate this life but this engineer’s day has given me some of the best memories of my life. I know there were days where I have to struggle for submissions, assignments etc but as a final year student. I am ready to bargain anything in if I could relive my 4 years back.
These 4 years have given me friends which know my family. In those 4 years, I might not have learnt anything about Engineering but those years has definitely made me ready for the real world. The four walls have given me everything pain, happiness, sadness, friendship, ambition etc. Sharing lunch with friends. Assignments, bunk might seem normal for others but after 4 years those memories might haunt us. We hate our professors. There’s no two-way street about that but the point is they are the ones who shape our future.
So I request all those engineers out there. I know you all are scared, terrified, filled with hopes to prove your self to the world, relax enjoy your moment when the time comes I know you all will get want you always wanted, what you always worked for. For the sake of bright future don’t darken your present because this time will never be the same.