Pune: The Corps of Electronic and Mechanical Engineers (EME) celebrated its 75th Corps day on Sunday. The Corps of EME is a Corps where valour, leadership and innovation is a tradition. The eventful years of the history of Corps of EME (1943-2017) have been a saga of rich heritage, innovation and technological excellence during which the Corps has grown from strength to strength.
Lieutenant General PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Pune-headquartered Southern Command, complimented all ranks for their technical ethos and dedication to ensure equipment readiness and urged them to maintain the highest state of preparedness. He also emphasised upon efforts towards ‘Make In India’ and modernisation while keeping abreast with the latest technology.
“In keeping with its motto ‘Karam Hi Dharam’ the corps is poised to meet the increasingly challenging tasks of ensuring effective and high quality sustainment engineering support to all arms & services of the Indian Army,” a statement issued by the defence PRO said.
The Corps of EME was raised during May 1943 as the Corps of Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (IEME). IEME provided yeoman’s service during the Second World War and post Independence came to be known as the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME).
The corps has evolved in role and size and contributed effectively during 1962, 1965, 1971 wars, Operation Pawan, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram. With the proliferation of electronics & ICT, the Corps was re-christened as the ‘Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers’ on January 1, 2001.
The Corps of EME continues to remain ahead of times by proactively identifying technological needs and gestating transformational initiatives in all domains of weapon platform and equipment sustainment. While the Nodal Repair Centres and Technology Centres in the Corps Zone Workshops enable end to end engineering support management, the deployment of state of the art diagnostics and maintenance services equipments, the field workshops enables in maintaining high reliability and availability of equipment.
Further the Advance Base Workshops and Army Base Workshops which form the fourth echelon of repair, undertake equipment overhaul and manufacture of critical spares. The corps has also been effectively partnering with public sector undertakings and the private sector to form a consortium for achieving self-sufficiency by indigenisation and effective in-house research and development.
Equipment and technology management are two omnipotent command functions in which contribution of the Corps of EME has been indispensable.
The diversity and dexterity of the corps stand out in each aspect of soldiering. The dedication and sincerity to the task at hand has earned the corps many national, gallantry and distinguished service awards.