Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal celebrated the Engineers Day 2021 on 15th September 2021 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, who is known as the Father of Indian Engineering. Aligned with this event, Late Prof. P V Bhandary Memorial Oration by eminent personality was also conducted.
In memory of Late Prof P V Bhandary, who was the Principal of MIT and Pro Vice Chancellor of MAHE, his family members and admirers came forward to conduct an oration series on a selected theme which is done every year. This was the fourth oration in the series, aligned with Engineer’s Day.
The event began with the floral tributes by the dignitaries to Sir M Visvesvaraya, Late Prof. P V Bhandary and formal inauguration by lighting the lamp.
The Chief Guest of the event was Dr M. S. Valiathan, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan Awardee, National Professor of Research Government of India and Honorary Advisor, MAHE, Manipal. The Guest of honor was Brig (Dr.) S S Pabla, Pro Chancellor Bharatiya Skill Development University Jaipur. The event was presided over by Cdr. Dr. Anil Rana, Director, MIT Manipal.
As a mark of tradition, the invocation was rendered, by Dr. Vidya S Rao, in order to seek the blessing of the almighty. The welcome address was delivered by Joint Director of MIT Manipal, Dr. Somashekara Bhat. A brief introduction highlighting the achievements was delivered by Dr. N V Subba Reddy, the chairman of P V Bhandary Oration committee.
The Chief Guest of the function Dr. M. S. Valiathan, delivered the P V Bhandary Memorial Oration. He recalled his association with Prof. P V Bhandary during his tenure as the Vice Chancellor of MAHE, Manipal. Dr. Valiathan referred to the issues involved in the Cardiac Surgery and emphasised on the technological support involved such as materials, devices and the use of engineering solutions to take the health care to common people. He highlighted the Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities pertaining to Health care in India. While he spoke about the need for easing out regulatory norms, he also stressed that the quality of work carried out should be given the utmost importance.
The Engineers Day Special talk was delivered by Former Director of MIT and former Pro vice Chancellor of MAHE Brig (Dr.) S. S. Pabla. He spoke on National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and on the enhancement of autonomy of the Universities. He also talked about the future of technical education in India and the new AICTE norms for admission to under graduate programs in India.
The presidential remarks were delivered by Cdr. Dr. Anil Rana, Director, MIT Manipal. He gave examples of eminent personalities who bounced back after failure and hence motivated everyone. He also stressed on going for an optimal solution if not the best solution.