KARNATAKA STATE CENTRES - HISTORY

Mysore Engineers’ Association
Much earlier to the formation of The Institution of Engineers (India), in the old Mysore, an Association of Engineers was formed in the year 1863 from amongst the engineers of Public Works Department on a modest scale to cater to the technical needs of the engineers. On expansion of its membership and activities, it was registered as Mysore Engineers’ Association in the year 1906. The State Government gave a site free of cost at K R Circle next to the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering and also provided a grant for construction of the Association building. The Association moved to the new building in 1940. The Association became active and conducted a number of Lectures, Seminars, Workshops on engineering subjects and published technical journals also.

After formation of The Institution of Engineers (India), the Karnataka State Centre was established in the year 1934. Many engineers of the then State of Mysore enrolled as members of The Institution of Engineers (India) also. The activities of the Institution of Engineers (India) gave a wider scope and variety though they were similar to Mysore Engineers’ Association. Hence, it was felt by the Executive Committee Members of the two Institutions in the State to merge the Mysore Engineers’ Association with the Local Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India) as this would avoid duplication of activities and strengthen the Local Centre to greater extent.

The Mysore Engineers’ Association conducted its Centenary celebrations on 26th January, 1964. His Highness Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the then Governor of Mysore presided and Sri S Nijalingappa, Chief Minister inaugurated the function. After the Centenary celebrations, the cherished desire of the engineering fraternity for amalgamation came into effect on Sunday, 24th May, 1964 presided over by Dr. K L Rao.

The Institution recognizes no frontiers and symbolizes the spirit of techno - cultural collaboration between different branches of engineering with acquisition and dissemination of knowledge as its primary function. The Institution enfolds within its ambit all academically acceptable disciplines in engineering and technology and covers at present Agricultural, Architectural, Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Electronics & Telecommunication, Environmental, Marine, Mechanical, Metallurgy & Material Science, Mining, Production and Textile Engineering.

Karnataka State Centre declared as one of the most active Centres in the country in the context of technical activities plays a very significant role in dissemination and proliferation of engineering knowledge amongst its members through Seminars, Symposia, Workshops, Conventions, etc both at national and international levels. It also acts as a qualifying body in conducting AMIE examinations under its non-formal educational programmes to cater to the needs and aspirations of the profession.

The Karnataka State Centre is very fortunate to have the direct blessings of Sir MV, the Engineer Statesman in whose presence the foundation of the State Centre was laid
80th Annual General Meeting