1. It is indeed a proud
privilege for me to be present amidst you for the convocation ceremony
of this prestigious College. At the outset, I would like to congratulate
all the graduating officers for the successful completion of the course.
2. This convocation is a significant milestone in your academic growth.
The degrees and awards earned by all of you are a result of your
relentless hardwork and immense dedication. This is a proud moment for
all of you, as much as it is for your instructors, guides, faculty
members and parents. Your quest for higher learning, which began in the
portals of the college, will continue all through your professional life
in the Indian Army. Learning is a never ending process and the firm
foundation provided to you by your alma mater will empower you to
explore new horizons.
3. Gentlemen, while the successful completion of your course is a matter
of pride and joy, it is just a stepping stone to the challenges that lie
ahead of you in the future. You live in an era where the pace of
technology transition is taking place at a mind bobbling pace that even
as I speak, new concepts are being introduced, established paradigms are
being refined and research is opening new vistas. The change being
driven by pathbreaking research is both exhilarating and mesmerising.
4. As young technocrats, it will be your challenge, to imbibe the latest
developments in the field of technology for defence forces. As the
technical intellect of armed forces, the nation will look upto you to
define and modify the way defence forces operate by exploiting these
technological advancement. As engineers in uniform, you have to perform
the dual role of being good engineers and equally good soldiers. You
face the formidable task of providing the Indian Armed Forces with the
technical know-how and skills required by them to fulfill their assigned
task of ensuring the security of the nation and millions of our people.
Building infrastructure in the remote areas of the country is one of the
biggest challenge and enormous responsibility rests on you as engineers.
I am sure you will make full use of the technical knowledge and
expertise gained here to meet the above challenges.
5. As you all are aware, knowledge is the emerging currency of the world
in the present century. You should make full use of technical knowledge
acquired by you at this prestigious institution of excellence of
military engineering. You can be successful in all your endeavors only
by being professionally competent and by keeping abreast with the latest
developments. The need of the hour is therefore to exploit the cutting
edge technologies which are best suited to meet the requirements. I am
sure the technical knowledge you have acquired will stand you in good
stead. Your passion to accept challenges would empower you further to
achieve unprecedented goals.
6. I am pleased to learn that the college will be celebrating its
platinum jubilee next year. In these glorious 75 years the college has
left an indelible mark in the service to the nation. I am told that the
personnel who have passed through the portals of CME have proved their
mettle both in operations and peacetime. This has been made possible due
to the untiring efforts of the faculty in ensuring that the institution
kept pace with the changing security environment and technological
7. In the rapidly changing environment, one factor which has not changed
is the faith reposed in the armed forces by the entire nation. The
Indian Army Engineers have traditionally left their mark on prestigious
national projects be it oil pipe line at Siachen, prestigious naval
bases and airfields in the north and north east or roads cutting through
the Himalayan ranges. I am sure that each and every one of you will also
follow the footsteps of your illustrious predecessors and shall live up
to the high standards expected of you.
8. Today, as you graduate I implore you to set yourself a befitting goal
and having done so, utilise your technical threshold and dedicated
hardwork to realise it. My compliments and appreciation go out to all of
you, especially the award winners, for achieving this wonderful success
in their endeavours.
9. In the end, I wish you all a rewarding and professionally satisfying
career, good health, and success in all your endeavours. The best wishes
of the entire nation are with you.