1. The Corps of Engineers has its own special place and niche in the annals of the Indian Army and my heart fills with pride at being accorded an opportunity at its helm.
2. What makes us exceptional has always been our versatility and functional efficiency as a combined uniformed - civilian Corps with its avatars of Combat Support, Survey, Road & Infrastructure Development and Maintenance. To continue to enjoy our place in the Sun, it is axiomatic that we work and progress as a unified, committed and resolute Corps towards meeting and fulfilling our commitments to our Defence Forces in particular and our great nation in general.
3. To that end, we must harness new ideas and technology. While adhering to our basic principles enshrined over time, we require new responses to new challenges and as times change so must we to emerge as a contemporary dynamic organisation which is responsive and efficient.
Thank you. God bless the Indian Army and the Corps of Engineers.