237th Corps of Engineers Day was celebrated in Delhi

Nov 20, 2017 13:42 IST
237th Corps of Engineers Day was celebrated in Delhi

The 237th Corps of Engineers Day was celebrated on 18 November 2017 in a solemn ceremony conducted at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, India Gate in New Delhi.

Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma along with other serving and retired officers laid wreaths and paid homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their life for the country.

Besides this, a function was also organised in Delhi to honour the achievers of the Corps in the fields of technical competence, professional excellence, sports and adventures.

Significance

The day is celebrated to commemorate the raising of first Engineer Company in 1780.

The modern day Corps of Engineers consists of three groups of combat engineers - Madras Sappers, Bengal Sappers and Bombay Sappers - which were merged into the Corps on 18 November 1932.

Since its inception, history is replete with outstanding contributions of the Corps of Engineers both in war and peace.

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Corps of Engineers

• The Corps of Engineers is one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army.

• The earliest existing subunit of the Corps (18 Field Company) dates back to 1777 while the Corps officially recognises its birth as 1780 when the senior most group of the Corps, the Madras Sappers were raised.

• The Corps of Engineers mainly provides combat engineering support, develops infrastructure for armed forces and other defence organisations and maintains connectivity along our vast borders besides providing aid to people during natural disasters.

• The tasks are executed through four pillars of the Corps - Combat Engineers, Military Engineering Service, Border Roads Organisation and Military Survey.

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