BITS Pilani Dubai celebrates Engineers Day with the theme “Engineers for the betterment of humanity”
BITS Pilani Dubai Campus (BPDC) recently celebrated Engineers Day to commemorate the efforts of engineers around the world and also to mark the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who is considered one of the best engineers in world. This year’s theme “Engineers for the Betterment of Mankind” aimed to prepare engineers to harness the power of engineering and integrate the human-centered design approach to foster sustainable community development in the whole world.
Organized by the BPDC student section of the Institution of Engineers, India (IEI), the webinar provided students with an understanding of how their work can contribute to broad social and environmental goals and how engineering and technology are essential to the building a modern sustainable world. The IEI represents India in several international engineering matters and has been a pioneering body, since 1928, continuously introducing engineering training programs.
On the occasion, the Director of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Professor Srinivasan Madapusi, underlined the importance of frugal and humanitarian engineering in the current context, stressing the importance of carrying out interdisciplinary research leading to significant inventions at the benefit of society, especially for disadvantaged communities.
Welcoming the virtual congregation of future engineers BITS Pilani, Professor Srinivasan said: “Engineering graduates of the 21st century must be agents of change, social entrepreneurs, frugal innovators, enablers of sustainability and those who provide solutions. for those at the bottom of the pyramid. . The concepts of frugal engineering and humanitarian engineering must be realigned with current engineering education to form the visionary engineers of tomorrow who are socially, culturally and emotionally intelligent. At BITS Pilani, we understand the importance of holistic engineers and, therefore, our programs enable students to learn engineering concepts and use them for the benefit of society. We encourage students to come up with ideas that are profitable, sustainable and for those marginalized in the economy ”
Guest of Honor Satish Kumar Menon, Chief Operating Officer, ESRI (Institute for Environmental Systems Research), United Arab Emirates, delivered a remarkable speech reminding students that “Engineers must combine technical knowledge with humanitarian concepts and designs imitating nature to be effective in their professional careers. He encouraged students to develop projects that offer creative solutions by successfully drawing inspiration from the environment and combining them with artificial intelligence.
Sharing his perspective on the role of engineering in the circular economy, Menon said, “Engineers need to radically rethink and use their skills to design products that help minimize waste and can be recycled. A long-term circular economy model creates more value, profits and jobs by reducing pressure on the environment, reusing resources and stimulating economic growth ”.
The faculty briefing by Dr Nitin Simha Vihari pointed out that the BITS PILANI Dubai campus is one of the few universities where engineering programs are developed to incorporate ethics and sustainability into their professional practice courses. . Exposing students to real-world problems, finding humane solutions, and practicing ethics and sustainability while studying on campus are some of the attributes that BITS PILANI students have adopted early in their careers, which helps them distinguishes it from others.
All in all, an extremely informative event true to the theme concluded with an online engineering quiz where the students’ knowledge and instincts were tested with attractive prizes won by the winners. The event was chaired by Dr Shashank Khurana, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Faculty of the IEI BPDC Student Chapter, the first international student chapter of IEI since 2017.