Inaugural event was held on 25th July 2015 at Targeted Training Center, DRDO, Bengaluru. Padmashree Dr.Kota Harinarayana, an eminent scienctist and Former vice- chancellor of University of Hyderabad had graced the event as Chief Guest and inaugurated the professional chapter. Dr.K.Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, Board of R&D and Examinations, Institute of Engineers (India) had participated as Guest of Honor. Dr.Ashok Agarwal, Director, EWB-India presided over the event.
EWB-A small drop:
Dr.Ashok Agarwal briefed the activities of EWB-India and various professional chapters in his presidential address. He highlighted the role of EWB-India in community development. He further stated that EWB –India with a finite number of professional and student chapters would not make a dent in Indian social landscape but intend to cultivate an attitude for social causes among the youth.
Break in India:
‘India is referred as a third world country with first world brain’ observed V.Dillibabu, DRDO Scientist and President of EWB-Bengaluru chapter. He added “if we are brilliant why do we have short comings in social sphere? Mindset need to change. In ancient times, our villages were largely self sufficient. People worked for self sufficiency. But now public mindset is negative. We expect from society, government and foreign governments. Expectation rather than contribution. We must launch ‘Break in India’ to break negative attitude and mind-sets”
Team work wins:
Father of India Fighter Aircraft-LCA, Dr.Kota Harinaraya said, “Team work succeeds in India. Light Combat Aircraft was made possible by the joint efforts of 25 academic institutes, 40 R&D laboratories and 300 industrial partners”. He opined that our strength would be more than our head count in teams. He suggested EWB-Bengaluru to take up small projects and work on them. He stressed the need to train rural youth on crafts & technologies which are relevant to them. He also encouraged cross functional teams to work on community projects.
Engineers are good administrators:
Dr.K.Gopalakrishnan, Guest of honor of the event. He also added that White revolution, an agricultural marvel was made possible by a mechanical engineer Dr.Varghese Kurian and not by veterinary professionals. He suggested that engineering professional societies and EWB could network and enrich the offerings to the society.
EWB-Bengaluru will design, develop and implement community development projects in the following verticals.
- Green energy solutions
- Solid waste management
- Sustainable Sanitation solutions
- Education & awareness training for general public, school and college students
- Employment generation for rural community.
The chapter had set a target to initiate five student chapters this year.
The inaugural event was attended by senior DRDO scientists, professional members,media friends, students and faculty members from MVJ College of Engg., ACS College of Engineering, Jairoopa College of Engg., University BDT College of Engg. and Mahendra Engg College.