15 Oct : The Corps of EME celebrats 65th Anniversary on 15 Oct 2008. The Corps was raised thick of Second World War. ver the journey of past six and a half decades, the Corps has emerged as an efficient ‘Total Solution Provider’ for the myriad challenges that the diversified equipment holdings of the Indian Army pose.
The Corps is entrusted with the onerous responsibility to ensure operational readiness of all the equipment of the Indian Army. While the man behind machine is still the war winning factor, the emerging technologies have begun to play a predominant role in contemporary battle fields. Management of these technologies is the new dimension that has been added to the responsibilities of the Corps and the Corps already has the mechanism to handle these changes in place in the form of its ‘Think Tank’ namely HQ Technical Group. HQ Technical Group has already operationalised ‘Technology Centres’ in every Corps Zone to manage these technology transitions. These ‘Technology Centres, are acting as an active interface between the users and all the newly inducted equipment.
In order to take benefit from the expertise held with the industry, the Corps has translated Army Industry Partnership into reality in a few areas of technology. The Corps has been given the responsibility of indigenisation which will save the State substantial revenues in import. The Corps has made long term plans for the modernization of all its Base Workshops which are the power-houses of captive knowledgebase and very potent defense industries which have met the needs of the Army in all major or minor conflicts of the past. The Corps has established in house R&D in all the base workshops and has also given a major thrust to the development of simulators which are an extremely cost effective tool of training. The Corps is developing these simulators not only for the Army but for paramilitary and police also. The Corps has embarked on an ambitious automation process across its length and breadth to reap the benefits of revolution in the IT.
The Corps has the rare distinction of producing several outstanding sportsmen and adventurists of international repute. ‘Flying Sikh’ Padma Shri Milkha Singh who is a living legend in the Indian Sports arena, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri Maj HPS Ahluwalia, the first Indian Army officer to flutter the Army flag atop Mt Everest and Col JK Bajaj, the first Indian to reach the South Pole are a few to name.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen AKS Chandele, the Director General and the Colonel Commandant of the Corps complimented the officers and men of the Corps for their professionalism, selflessness and devotion to duty which has allowed the organization to grow into a fine and efficient whole, imbued with a dedicated determination to excel in all the assigned responsibilities.