Unforgettable Characters I Met During My Wonderful Navy Days – The “Dapodi Engineer”


Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/04/the-dapodi-engineer-unforgettable.html

Whenever I meet a Sapper Officer (from the Army Corps of Engineers) – I jokingly ask him if he is a “Dapodi Engineer or a Genuine Engineer…?

Recently – a Navy Veteran (erstwhile shipmate) introduced me to this son-in-law – a Major in the Corps of Engineers.

He told me about himself.

“Oh – so you are a “Dapodi Engineer”…” I remarked.

The young Sapper Officer was curious to know why I called him a “Dapodi Engineer” – so I told him this story – which I have posted earlier in my Blogs.

Here is the story from my “Humor in Uniform” Archives – this happened long back – around 40 years ago – in the 1970’s

Read the spoof and have a laugh – and – if you are a “Fauji” Sapper – I am sure you will have a double laugh…!!!

THE “DAPODI ENGINEER” (Unforgettable Characters I Met During My Wonderful Navy Days) – A Spoof By Vikram Karve

The Training Officer peeped into the classroom.

He looked at me.

I was desperately trying to stay awake after the previous night’s excesses.

The Training Officer shouted at me:

“Hey, you – put on your cap and report to the XO’s office on the double. Some “Pongo” bigwig is coming – and you are the “Liaison Officer”…”

The Pongo bigwig turned out to be a Brigadier – the Zonal Chief Engineer of the Military Engineering Services (MES).

He happened to be in Jamnagar for some other work – and he had suddenly decided to inspect the progress of civil works under construction in the Naval Base.

The Executive Officer (XO) briefed me.

Accordingly – I received the Brigadier – I took him for a cup of tea with our Captain – and then – we drove in his black army staff car to the construction site.

The Garrison Engineer (a Major) was standing by with his entourage and some display boards with drawings.

The Garrison Engineer (GE) saluted the Brigadier.

Then – the GE introduced his staff.

After that – the GE walked towards the display boards.

The GE picked up a pointer – and he said to the Brigadier:

“Sir – I will explain the project…”

“Wait…” the Brigadier interrupted the GE.

The GE stopped – and he asked the Brigadier: “Yes, Sir…?”

The Brigadier said to the GE: “You first answer one question.”

“Yes, Sir…?” the GE said.

The Brigadier asked the GE:

“Are you a “Dapodi Engineer” – or – are you a Technical Graduate Engineer…?”

“Sir – I am a Technical Graduate Engineer…” the GE said.

“Good. From which Engineering College did you get your Civil Engineering Degree…?” the Brigadier asked the GE.

“Roorkee – Sir…” the GE answered.

“Excellent. Then there is no need for me to see anything…” the Brigadier said to the GE.

That was the end of the inspection.

On the way back – I asked the Brigadier:

“Sir – I did not understand the “Dapodi Engineer” aspect…”

The Brigadier looked at me and said:

“Oh – that. 

You see – there are two types of Engineers in the Army. 

The first type comprises technical graduates from civilian engineering colleges – like the GE over here – who has done his engineering at Roorkee. 

And – the second type are in-house trained engineers who do the course at the College of Military Engineering (CME) Dapodi – that is why they are called Dapodi Engineers – they don’t have a BE or B.Tech. degree…” he explained.

(NB: Subsequently – sometime from the early 1980’s onwards – these in-house trained “Dapodi Engineers” from CME are being awarded the B. Tech. degree from JNU)

I looked at the distinguished Brigadier from the Corps of Engineers.

Surely – he was from a premier engineering college – maybe – like the GE – the Brigadier too had studied at Roorkee University which was famous for Civil Engineering.

“Sir – have you done your engineering at Roorkee…?” I asked.

“Me…? From Roorkee…? No – not at all…” he said.

“Sir – then where did you study civil engineering – must be from some prestigious Engineering College like Banaras, Poona …”

The Brigadier looked at me – and he started laughing.

I looked at him – wondering why he was so amused.

Then – with a naughty smile on his face – the Brigadier said to me:

“Me…? Ha Ha  I am a DAPODI ENGINEER…” 


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  1. This story is a fictional spoof, satire, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh.
  2. All Stories in this Blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/04/the-dapodi-engineer-unforgettable.html

This Post is a Revised Re-Post of My Story DAPODI ENGINEER First Posted by me Vikram Karve in my blog at 6/24/2014 03:33:00 PM at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/06/humor-in-uniform-dapodi-engineer.html  and then reposted at url:  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/05/humor-in-uniform-dapodi-engineer.html and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/04/humor-in-uniform-dapodi-engineer.html etc

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  1. […] (NEC) Scheme was later copied by the Army to produce “in-house” 10+2 (TEC) Scheme to produce “Dapodi Engineers” at the College of Military Engineering (CME) […]


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