In India Engineer’s day is celebrated every year on 15th of September. The day is the birthday of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, an eminent Indian engineer and statesman. To commemorate his contribution to the society, this day is celebrated as Engineer’s day.
About Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya:
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on 15th September 1861 in princely state of Mysore. He was born to Srinivasa Sastry and Venkachamma, a pious Telugu couple from Andhra Pradesh. He did his schooling in Banglore and earned BA from the Madras University. He later did civil engineering at the College of Engineering, Pune.
Sri Visvesvaraya had a thriving career as an engineer. He took up several projects in the Public Works Department of Mumbai. He was innovative in implementing intricate system of irrigation in the Deccan area. He was the first to design and patent automatic weir water floodgates at Khadaksala reservoir near Pune. He bacame popular as MV.
Sri Visvesvaraya’s fame grew by leaps and bounds with his design of flood protection system for Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. He also supervised the construction of KRS dam. He was instrumental in planning the road between Tirumala and Tirupati. He soon came to be known as “Father of modern Mysore state.” He was awarded with Bharata Ratna, the nation’s highest honour, in 1955.
He died on 14th April 1962. Many institutions are named in his honor. Some of them are:
- Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum (many engineering colleges in Karnataka are affiliated to this University)
- Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology, Kanivenarayanapura
- University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore
- Visvesvaraya Polytechnic College
- Sir MVIT, M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore
- Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
He once said:
"Remember, your work may be only to sweep a railway crossing, but it is your duty to keep it so clean that no other crossing in the world is as clean as yours."