On September 15, Engineer’s Day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya every year across the country. This day is celebrated to mark the immense contribution of Sir M Visvesvaraya in the field of engineering and education. He is one of the greatest nation-builders of all time whose vital role in constructing dams, reservoirs, and hydro-power projects in modern India is always remembered. Sir M Visvesvaraya oversaw the construction of several architectural marvels as chief engineer, including the Krishna Raja Sagar dam in Karnataka and the flood protection system of Hyderabad.
Engineer’s Day: History
The Indian Government has declared the birth anniversary of Sir M Visvesvaraya to be marked as Engineers’ Day in the year 1968. Since then, this day is dedicated to honour and acknowledge all engineers who have contributed and still do so to build a modern and developed India.
7 facts to know about the Greatest Engineer, Sir M Visvesvaraya
- He was born in a village near Bangalore to a Telugu Brahmin family. He completed his primary education from his village school and pursued high school in Bangalore.
- After completing graduation, he got a job in the Public Work Department (PWD) in Mumbai as an assistant engineer. Later he joined the Indian Irrigation Commission and worked to implement a complex system of irrigation in the Deccan region.
- The Government of India was impressed by his works and sent him to study water supply and drainage systems to Aden.
- He designed and patented automatic water floodgates in 1903, which were first installed at the Khadakwasla reservoir, in Pune.
- From 1912 to 1918, M. Visvesvaraya was appointed as the Diwan of Mysore. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore. Under his Dewanship, Mysore had undergone a major transformation in the realms of agriculture, irrigation, industrialization, education, banking and commerce.
- In 1917, Visvesvaraya established Government Engineering College in Bengaluru which was later named University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in his honour.
- Sir M Visvesvaraya received the Bharat Ratna in 1955 and was also conferred the British knighthood
Engineer’s Day: Quotes
“On the sixth day God saw He couldn’t do it all, so He created ENGINEERS.” – Lois McMaster Bujold
“Engineers turn dreams into reality.”– Hayao Miyazaki
“Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing”. – Henry Petroski, American engineer
“Software is a great combination of artistry and engineering.” – Bill Gates
“Science is discovering the essential truths about what exists in the Universe, engineering is about creating things that never existed.” – Elon Musk
“At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.” – Queen Elizabeth II
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