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EME War Memorial, Secunderabad
 

1.  It is customary for the armed forces to commemorate by name, every martyr who lays down his life on the battlefield. Memorials constructed for this purpose serve as a reminder to the soldiers and civilians alike, of the sacrifices made by our brave warriors and also provide inspiration, not only to those in uniform but also to all our countrymen and to the future generations. They act as a potent motivational force for new recruits undergoing training at the EME Centres in particular.
 
2.  In order to fulfil a long standing need for construction of a war memorial for EME officers, JCOs and OR, Government sanction was accorded in August 1967, permitting the construction of a war memorial by 1 EME Centre. The Memorial was designed by Shri Eric Marret, the Chief Architect of Government of Andhra Pradesh. Colonel BN Malhotra, the Commandant of 1 EME Centre handled the project with meticulous care. Lieutenant TS Surendra supervised the construction which was completed on 21 September 1967. The Memorial was dedicated to the Corps of EME by Major General SP Vohra, the Colonel Commandant and DEME, on 07 October 1967.
 
3. The EME War Memorial is located next to the Headquarters 1 EME Centre, Secunderabad at a prominent tri-junction in contonment. It has an awe inspiring design of an obelisk, a tall four sided tapering stone pillar, 7.62 meters high, capped by a pyramid. This obelisk is mounted on a beautiful, square pedestal of 1.83 ´ 1.83 meters constructed over a 5.49 meters square base platform. A white marble tablet carrying the following inscription adorns the front side of the pedestal :-
 

"DEDICATED TO THE PERSONNEL

OF

THE CORPS OF ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

WHO HAVE LAID THEIR LIVES

IN THE SERVICE OF THE COUNTRY"

"THEY BRAVELY ANSWERED DUTY’S CALL

THEIR LIVES THEY GAVE FOR ONE AND ALL"

 

4.  The responsibility for care and maintenance of the EME War Memorial 1 has been entrusted to 1 EME Centre, Secunderabad.

 
EME War Memorial, Bhopal
 

1. In the year 2000, the trustees of the EME Regimental Association deemed it appropriate to have a second EME War Memorial to commemorate the martyrs of Corps of EME and to provide motivation to young recruits. The construction of the war memorial at 3 EME Centre commenced on 04 May 2000 and was completed in a record time of 3 months. The Bhumi Pujan for the Memorial was done by Brig RRN Chowdary, the Commandant, 3 EME Centre. The memorial was dedicated to the Corps of EME by the DGEME and Senior Col Comdt, Lt Gen MR Kochhar PVSM, AVSM, on 04 Sep 2000.
 
2.  The EME War Memorial 2 is also designed in the form of an obelisk with a height of 11.4 meters. It is mounted on a square shaped platform of 12 X 12 meters, which is 1.70 meters high. The length of the ramp is 12.115 meters and is at an inclination of 18.50. The total area covered by the monument is 60 X 60 meters.
 
3.  A white marble tablet is fixed on the front side of the pedestal, which carries the following inscription: -
 

"DEDICATED TO THE PERSONNEL

OF

THE CORPS OF ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

WHO HAVE LAID THEIR LIVES

IN THE SERVICE OF THE COUNTRY"

" THEY BRAVELY ANSWERED DUTY’S CALL

THEIR LIVES THEY GAVE FOR ONE AND ALL"

 
4.  The area all around the memorial is adorned with scenic landscape comprising of beautiful gardens with colourful flowers and greenery throughout the year.
 
5.  The responsibility for care and maintenance of the EME War Memorial 2 has been entrusted to 3 EME Centre.
 
EME Archives And Museum, Secunderabad
 

1.   It is the moral responsibility of every Corps/Regt of Indian Army to archive its history to foster espirit-de-corps and to preserve the heritage for posterity. Towards these objectives, EME Archives and Museum was founded on 09 September 1960 at the erstwhile EME School, in a barrack of 1871 vintage which once housed troops of the Royal Horse Artillery. Its foundation was laid by Colonel KK Rao, the then Commandant EME School (now MCEME) at the instance of Maj Gen Harkirat Singh, then DEME. The Archives and Museum is a repository of our Corps history and heritage, and collects, preserves and exhibits such records, documents, material and artifacts which are of historical importance to the Corps. Commandant MCEME is the ex-officio Curator. Funds for its maintenance, upkeep and modernization are allotted through the EME Regimental Association.
 
2.  Over the years, a large number of items of dress, documents, photographs, models, souvenirs and bric-a-brac have been collected and these have been displayed in a befitting manner in various galleries and halls of the Museum. Successive Commandants of MCEME with close cooperation, suggestions and contributions from EME units and all ranks of the Corps, have added to the grandeur and splendour of this Corps repository. During the Golden Jubilee Year in 1993,a major revamping and renovation of the Museum was carried out and the building was renamed as the Golden Jubilee Hall. The Museum was re-laid on modern lines with areas demarcated for display of different facets of the Corps. The Archives Section, which is the repository and custodian of the documentary heritage of the Corps, houses a vast collection of rare, valuable and irreplaceable documents and records. This serves as a suitable Corps reference library and also has the potential to be used for undertaking research.
 
3. The responsibility to nurture and maintain the "EME Archives and Museum" is entrusted to MCEME.
 
Guruvayurappan Temple, Secunderabad
 

 
1.  Places of religious worship are a part and parcel of the rich customs and traditions of our country and the Indian Army. These religious centres provide a sanguine and serene environment for all ranks to fulfill their spiritual needs.
 
2.  To meet the spiritual aspirations of all ranks of MCEME and civilians, Major General RA Gokhle, laid the foundation stone of the MCEME Mandir at the present location in October 1983.In 1985, Lt Gen Tripat Singh, AVSM, the Commandant MCEME conceived the hexagonal structure design of the Temple. The construction of the temple structure began on this sprawling two-acre site on 27 Feb 1986. Voluntary donations from EME personnel including civilians from all over the country were received for the construction of this sacred temple. Lt Gen KD Parashar, AVSM, the then Commandant MCEME in 1987 saw the completion of construction of the temple. Maj Gen MNK Nair, AVSM, the then Deputy Commandant MCEME brought the sacred idol of the Presiding Deity "Shri Guruvayurappan" from ‘Myladi’ near Kanyakumari. The deity was consecrated by Lt Gen LM Rajgopal, AVSM, the then DGEME on 31 Jul 87 with great religious fervour during the Kumbhabhishekam of the temple amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. The Mandir was extensively renovated during the period 2001-03 leading to its present glittering stature. Separate structures housing the deity of Shirdi Sai Baba and for performing Havan come up in 2003. Sparkling water fountains, lush green lawns and scenic landscaping add to the serenity of the temple.
 
3.  The responsibility for care and maintenance of "Guruvayurappan Temple" is entrusted to MCEME Secunderabad.
 
Dakshinamurthy Temple, Vadodara
 

1. Located at EME School Vadodara, the design of the temple was inspired by Buckminister Fuller’s Geodestic Dome. Originally constructed in wood by EME tradesmen, the present construction was conceived by founder Commandant Brig AF Eugene. The temple is of aluminium structure and was built by voluntary labour of Officers, JCOs,OR and civilians ofEME School over a period of 14 months. The aesthetically planned surroundings make the ‘Panchavati’ spot an ideal place for meditation. The entrance to the temple is through three hyperbolic paraboloid arches, flanked by Dwarapalakas. The temple has a Japanese rock garden spotted with over 100 ancient statues of archaeological importance, some dating back to sixth century, and is the only place where Sapt Matrikas of Gujarat are housed. It also has two rare acquisitions in the form of a Sun God and Nava Graha which are of great attraction to devotees. Shiva, the universal teacher presides in all his glory in this magnificent temple.
 
2.  Considered a historical monument, the temple is a symbol of communal harmony and composite culture of India with the main deity, Shiva, in the Gyana Dakshina Murthy form. The four entrance doors are made in semi-elliptical shape representing the Jain religion. The Sabhamandap (Prayer Hall) in the shape of geodestic dome represents Islam. The structure of golden colour on top of the dome bears resemblance to those used in various Buddhist monuments. The 22 meter high tower represents Christianity and the ‘Kalash’ on top of the tower represents Hinduism.
 

3.  A statue of Lord Buddha sitting under an open stupa (pagoda) has been installed in the garden facing the Dakshinamurthy ‘Shivalaya’, providing the right ambience for meditation, recreation and self realization. The statue of Lord Buddha depicts one hand in a ie, ‘ Varad Mudra’ ie a blessing posture whereas the other is in ‘Abhay Mudra’ i.e, one which alleviates all fears.
 
4.  The responsibility for care and maintenance of "Dakshinamurthy Temple" is entrusted to EME School Vadodara.
 
EME Gurudwara Sahib, Secunderabad
 

1.  A common Gurudwara for 1 EME Centre and MCEME, (then known as EME School (South), started functioning on 10 Apr 1957. It was inaugurated by Col CL Barve and Col KK Rao. The foundation stone of the present building was laid by the then DGEME, Lt Gen Sushil Kumar, PVSM, ADC on 25 Jun 1986. The Gurudwara Sahib was inaugurated by Lt Gen KD Parashar, AVSM the then DGEME on 29 Jan 1989. The new Gurudwara was named as EME Gurudwara Sahib, to cater basically for the spiritual needs of personnel of 1 EME Centre, MCEME and EME Depot Battalion besides other devotees.
 
2.  Architect, Sardar Surinder Singh, voluntarily designed the building, the design and pattern of which is unique for a Gurudwara Sahib. This pentagonal shape is reminiscent of the divine ‘Panch Pyaras’. The dome is 25 feet across and is embedded on ten concrete beams depicting the ten Gurus of the Sikh Panth. The entire structure stands on a raised platform as if to elevate the devout towards the Almighty. The prayer hall can house 1,200 devotees at a time and has a specially engineered audio system.
 
3.  The administrative block, which is an integral part of the main monument, has living rooms for the staff, kitchen to prepare "Langar" and store rooms. The EME Gurudwara Charitable Trust was formed on 26 Sep 1986 to look after the construction of the building and overall management. The functioning of the Gurudwara is governed as per the byelaws approved by the Trust. A Gurudwara Working Committee is responsible for routine maintenance and conduct of all religious functions.
 
4.  A new Gurudwara Library was constructed in the year 2001, on the lines of the building of the Gurudwara Sahib. Books of all religions are placed in the library. The existing Langar Hall was extensively renovated in 2003, and can now accommodate 500 devotees at a time. It has all the modern facilities for the comfort of devotees.
 
5.  The serenity and natural surroundings of the Gurudwara Sahib is enhanced by religious slogans carved out of floral dressings, water fountains and well planned and designed pathways. Cool drinking water facilities have been established for the benefit of the passersby. The Gurudwara Sahib has become a self-sustaining religious institute with funds being generated from the offerings by the devotees.
 
6.  This monument of worship is a landmark in the twin cities and is now on the itinerary for pilgrims visiting Andhra Pradesh.
 
7.  MCEME and 1 EME Centre are jointly responsible for the care and maintenance of EME Gurudwara Sahib.
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