India lagging behind in adopting modern technology: Governor

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Sunday said there is a need to build quality infrastructure using modern technology.

Addressing the 20th convocation of The Institution of Engineers (India) here, the Governor said “India badly needs quality infrastructure” for accelerating economic growth. Pointing out the superior quality of construction of the Bhakra-Nangal dam in Punjab the 1950s, he said the quality of today’s infrastructure projects had not been satisfactory.

Role of engineers

Noting the role of engineers in the construction of roads, airports and railway projects, Mr. Bhardwaj said “engineers connect different parts of the country.” However, compared to western countries, India had been lagging behind in adoption of modern technology, he said.

Around 3,000 students from across the country received Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (AMIE) (India) degree. AMIE is one of the grades of membership of the Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI). The AMIE degree is deemed as equivalent to engineering degree (B.E. or B.Tech.) of any recognised university in the country.

The Governor, who was the chief guest at the function, said, “God has created perfect man. Likewise, engineers have to create perfect infrastructure to build the nation.”

In recent times, airports in Bangalore and New Delhi had been upgraded in collaboration with foreign airport authorities. The Central and State governments had been paying attention to develop highways and roads to fuel economic growth, he said.

Stating that all institutions should upgrade their syllabus to suit modern industrial requirements, the Governor said Germany was the finest producers of goods in all sectors. India had to produce high quality products to face challenges in the global market, he said.

Dynamic curriculum

Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) H. Maheshappa said only dynamic curriculum would produce competent engineers who would be absorbed in the market soon after they graduate.

President-elect of the IEI S.S. Rathore and chairman of the IEI, Karnataka, K. Gopalakrishnan also spoke.

Jamshedpur Technicians’ Chapter of the IEI bagged the first prize in the best technician category while the Nasik Chapter bagged the second prize and the Durgapur Chapter of the IEI received the third prize.