‘Here’s my secret’, said the fox to the little Prince, ‘a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye’.
———–From ‘The little Prince’, By A.Saint Exupery
For most of us a piece of iron is just that – a piece of iron. When a good Engineer sees a piece of iron – he visualizes all that is possible with it- from the humble nail to mighty ocean vessels. The way of thinking that engineers employ to solve problems is special to them, invisible to most of us; for them, the sound of an engine is literally music to their ears! According to the American Society of Engineering Education, Engineers have a hand in designing, creating and modifying nearly everything we touch, wear, eat, see and hear in our daily lives. It is fitting that at least on one day in the year, the general public can be made aware of their contribution to society.
The Engineering community in India celebrates Engineer’s day on September 15th, as a tribute to Modern India’s greatest Engineer: Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, whose birthday falls on this date. Sir MV, as he is popularly known, was renowned for his expertise in harnessing water resources, building and consolidating dams. Among the dazzling galaxy of modern India’s Nation builders, Sir M.V. towers over most of them.
September 17th too is a kind of desi Engineers day for Indian Engineers – for it is ‘Visvakarma divas’ – earmarked for celebrating the memory of Lord Visvakarma – the divine Engineer and Architect God. On this day, he is worshipped by Engineers, Artisans, Mechanics, Industrial and Factory workers, especially in Eastern India. They worship their machines, tools and equipment; pray for smooth functioning of their instruments and seek prosperity for themselves and their families. They consider Lord Visvakarma as their patron. His name means ‘all accomplishing’ and he is considered the highest worker endowed with the quality of excellence in craftsmanship.
“Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you’ll have an engineer for life.” ― Bruce Dickinson
So, whether you are 7 or 70, if you love to be engaged with toys: making them, taking them apart, playing with them, then you don’t require the letters of B.Tech/B.E to be appended to your name. You are an Engineer! This is your moment. Make the most of it. The world is your Oyster!!