15 September, 2011

Why do you call yourself a proud engineer?

I am in my final year and I have enough courage to call myself a proud engineer.

Many people though take engineering for granted. They celebrate engineers day with much fervour by listening to inspiring speeches by their principal and teachers citing example of the great engineer, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. But after the show gets over, the inspiration dies down, everybody is back to level 0.

What are the characteristics of a falsely proud engineer?
  1. He has taken up engineering not because he was passionate but to grab up a high paying job.
  2. If he is a CS guy, he calls himself a Hacker, Cracker, or whatever word which sounds cool, but knows nothing about that stuff.
  3. Asking for free stuff online. Sends emails like, "Hey Gaurav!!!....do...you..hav..a..cool..web based..project? I..m in final yr...i need it.. Thnks..in..advance!"
  4. Talking about technical skills, zero! Okay zero, but no urge for knowing techy stuff.
  5. Studying engineering only because their dad was an angry man, and forced them to do so.
... I have a few more points ;)

I don't want to make people sad by writing this. All I want is people to improve. Pride comes internally, right from your heart. You should not be proud just because you have that degree named Bachelor of Engineering. Be proud because you have those engineer skills, that passion for making things right, and that passion for learning new things.
When your principal (or anybody) tells you about some engineering personality, about his inspiring work, his dedication, and passion, don't just sit and listen to it like a boring speech. Instead try to understand what he is telling you, about the expectations from engineers and what the society needs from engineering.

I believe we have great minds. Indian engineers are undoubtedly talented and hardworking. Just that they fail to turn their interest into passion and work. They fail because they succumb to peer and parental pressures. They don't think big, and most of the times have a negative attitude, "mujhse nahi hota" type attitude. My advice - Throw this attitude! If you think you can do something, you will do something!

Now, many people will point at me. They'll say, "Enough talking! Why do you call yourself a proud engineer then?" My answer - Although I have not all the engineering skills, I do have some of them like, being passionate about my area of interest, open to learning new stuff, eager to use my skills to improve something, and "mai kar sakta hu" spirit. That is what makes me proud.

Do you call yourself a proud engineer? If yes, then ask yourself, "Why?"
If you find an appropriate answer, then its good!
If not, then do things which will make you a proud engineer the next time.

With this bang bang, I wish all my proud engineering friends a very Happy Engineers Day! All the best for future!


Harman said...

Good..My hubby is engineer..I will pass this to him.....he wud love that!
happy engineer s day to you as well!

Gaurav said...

Thanks! Happy Engineers Day!