While addressing the 12th Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Engineers (India)Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal gave a clarion call to the engineering fraternity to discharge their duties under a standard of professional behaviour through adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. Chief Minister said that engineering is an important and specialized profession and engineers were expected to exhibit highest standards of professional ethics with honesty and integrity. He said that engineering fraternity had been contributing significantly towards the quality infrastructural creation in different spheres of developmental activities. He said that the service being provided by engineers required dignity, impartiality, fairness and equity and must be dedicated to society at large. He underlined the need for periodic skill up-gradation of the engineering fraternity through workshops, seminars and other similar activities to sharpen the technical competence of working engineers. He said that The Institution of Engineers had set up an engineering staff college at Hyderabad, National Design and Research Forum at Bangalore, Rural Development Forum at Kolkata, Sustainable Development Forum at Patna, safety and Quality Forum at New Delhi and Water Management Forum at Ahmadabad. He said that the State Government would be extending all possible help to the Institute for setting up of Engineering Consultancy School in Shimla.

Chief Minister said that the scope of engineering had been redefined and financial engineering, value engineering, social engineering, environmental engineering and bio-engineering etc. included into it. He said that the engineering was now not limited to infrastructure creation and hydro projects since any development activity now involved an examination of the full range alternative and assessment of its environmental as well as developmental impacts. He said that a successful engineer was one who could see beyond the technical possibilities to understand the social and political facts. He said that it was no longer limited to just technology and had a very wider role. He said that the State had been conferred with Best Infrastructural Creation Award recently and credit goes to the engineering fraternity for creating quality infrastructure. He said that the State had won record 51 national and international level awards during past four years which speak volumes of the development state had witnessed during the period. He said that the State was committed to harness the entire identified 23,000 MW hydel potential in private participation while added preference was being given to State Electricity Board and HP Power Corporation Limited in allotment of the hydel projects.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was encouraging private participation in imparting quality vocational education to the youth of the State by allowing private universities to conduct globally recognized vocational courses at affordable costs. He urged the engineering fraternity to rededicate themselves towards the service of the humanity, especially the people of Himachal Pradesh residing in far flung areas by providing them best of the basic amenities at their door steps. He also released the souvenir brought out by the organizers to mark the occasion. Sunil Grover, New Elected Chairman thanked the Chief Minister for extending all help to the Institution in carrying forward with its activities. He said that the engineers of the State were contributing significantly towards making it a leader in the country. He urged Chief Minister for parity amongst all engineering cadres and allotment of more projects to the State owned public sector undertakings. He urged for liberal help in setting up of engineering consultancy training school in Shimla. S.C.Sood, outgoing Chairman welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed achievements of the organization during past one year. Naresh Gupta, outgoing Secretary, read out the Annual Report of the Institute. Sunil Kashyap, Secretary Elect, proposed vote of thanks. Onkar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, other office bearers of the organization and members were present on the occasion.