IET India update

3 October 2012
IET Communications team
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IET India dedicates Engineers’ Day to a sustainable tomorrow.

Every year, the engineering community in India celebrates 15 September as Engineers’ Day, commemorating the birthday of legendary engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visveshvaraya.

Internationally recognised for his engineering genius, Sir MV, as he is popularly known, was responsible for the successful design and construction of several river dams, aiding a robust irrigation system for India’s agriculture-centric economy. He was also the principal designer of a flood protection system for Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and for the implementation of drinking water schemes all over India.

On Engineers’ Day in 2012, IET India reached out to its volunteers to highlight the efforts and initiatives of their organisations towards building a ‘sustainable tomorrow’.  Enthusiastic responses were received from prominent companies including Dell, Tesco and Atkins.

Sharing his views on sustainability, Rudramuni B, executive director and head of Dell India R&D, said:  “At Dell, we are focused [on building] ‘a sustainable tomorrow’ by developing products and technologies that make a difference to our planet, starting from designing, building, shipping, using, and recycling. We inspire and help our customers minimise their environmental impact by delivering energy efficient products and easy, responsible electronics recycling.

“With our renewed focus on data centre efficiency and green innovative offerings such as 'chiller-less' data centre solution, we help reduce energy costs. For instance, customers using our ‘Fresh Air’ cooling solutions can reduce capital expense to an estimated $3 million per megawatt of installed IT by not installing and using air-conditioned chillers.”

Madhu Menon‚ chief finance and administrative officer, Tesco Hindustan Service Centre, said: “Being environmentally conscious is no longer an option. It is an imperative. This is not about new technology alone or new sources of fuel with less carbon footprint. To start with we need to change our mind-set. Industry and citizens, especially the urban middle class and the upper classes need to rethink on consumption, conservation, recycle, reuse and adoption of new technology.”  

Ajay Kulshreshth, manager (Signalling) at Atkins India, shares Atkins’ philosophy towards sustainability: “We at Atkins are committed to reduce carbon emissions from our operations as well as from our clients and partners. We recognise the need to be carbon critical to mitigate the effect of climate change.  We develop our carbon critical knowledgebase by calculation, analysis and evaluation by using available carbon data.”

The IET India team shares its volunteers and partner organisations’ desire for success in efforts to build a sustainable future through engineering.