New Delhi: On this day in the year 1860, the country’s famous engineer M. Visvesvaraya (M. Visvesvaraya) was born. This is about the same period when India got its first engineering college. The name of this college was Thomason Engineering College, which was built in Roorkee in the year 1847 and later this college was known as IIT Roorkee. The birthday of M. Visvesvaraya is celebrated as Engineer’s Day. On Engineers Day, it is necessary to discuss the passion for engineering and today’s situation.
The 1990s is special for engineers
When India became independent on 15 August 1947, there were only 44 engineering colleges in the country. After independence, the attention of the leaders of the country was in social engineering and the attention of the people of the country was in the engineering of social life. That is, till then the race to make their children engineers had not started in Indian families. This trend started in the 1990s, when many parents of the country had only one dream, to make their child an engineer or a doctor and many parents still dream this dream.
How many engineering colleges are there all over India?
At that time, the parents of the children used to start adding money from their school days, so that there would be no problem in their studies when they grow up. You can say that in the 1990s and 2000s this dream was close to the heart of many parents and perhaps this is the reason why most engineering colleges were formed during this period. Between 1995 and 1996, there were only 355 engineering colleges in the country. But between 2008 and 2009, the number of these colleges increased to 2 thousand 237 and today there are more than 3 thousand engineering colleges all over India.
25 out of every 100 engineers in the world are from India.
The dream of becoming an engineer made India the largest engineer producing country in the world. Today, 25 out of every 100 engineers in the world are from India. The CEOs of Microsoft, Google and IBM are of Indian origin and they are all engineers. The dream of becoming an engineer, which used to be the most common in the 1990s and 2000s, has faded away today. People doing business of engineering dreams opened private engineering colleges in the country but they could not provide jobs.
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Brilliant example of engineering in Ramayana too
According to a study, even today 50 percent of engineering colleges in the country are unsuccessful in providing jobs to children. Even today lakhs of children are doing engineering in the country but the dream of becoming an engineer is not the same as before. Whereas earlier for many youth, civil engineering used to be more than building construction, nation building. A great example of engineering is also found in the Ramayana, which we call Ram Setu. This bridge was built by Shri Ram and his monkey army to reach Ravana’s Lanka.