Engineers Day 2020: Remembering Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya

In daily life, We can see engineers everywhere. It is a fact that “Engineers play a vital role in the development of the nation“. Engineers are professionals who design, invent, analyze, build and test machines, gadgets, structures, materials, and complex systems. The word engineer is derived from the Latin words ingeniare which means to create, generate, devise, contrive, and ingenium which means cleverness.

Many of you can be an engineer but you should know actually why engineers day is celebrated. This article is going to be interesting if you don’t know why engineers day is celebrated, there is a reason behind every festival celebration in India. Doctors day is celebrated in honor of doctors, mothers day in honor of mothers, fathers day in honor of father, likewise engineers day is celebrated to give special honor to engineers,

it is celebrated in many countries not only in India. In India, Engineers day is celebrated on 15 September every year in memory of the greatest engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. So let’s know about mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya  – An Excellent Eminent Engineer

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Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya mostly known as sir MV born on 15 Sept 1860 in a small village named Muddenahalli near Chikkaballapura in the Kingdom of Mysore (now Karnataka). He was a civil engineer, statesman, economist, scholar, and educationist.

He lost his father, Srinivasa Sastry when he was 12. Following his death, he moved to Bangalore where his material lived. At Bengaluru, he was admitted to the Wesleyan Mission High School in 1875. then he joined the Central College from where he graduated with distinction.

He then went to Pune to join the study of engineering, He passed his engineering examination in 1883. After successful completion of civil engineering, Visvesvaraya took a job as an assistant engineer with the PWD of Bombay. Later he was invited to join the Indian Irrigation Commission. Where he carried some effective irrigation techniques in the Deccan area.

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Bust of Sir MV at JIT

He designed and patented a system of automatic barrier water flood gates. These gates were initially used at the Khadakvasla dam near Pune in 1903 to control the flood of the Mootha Canal flowing through Pune. After the success of these gates, the same system was used in Tigra Dam and Krishna Raja Sagara Dam.

In 1909, he designed a flood protection system for Hyderabad and earned celebrity status. His ideas also helped Vishakhapatnam port to be saved from sea erosion.

He was known for his timeliness, dedication, intricate ideas, etc. Sir MV also played an important role in promoting the Kannada language. He had designed the layout of Jayanagar in the South Bangalore and is assumed to be the best locality to be designed ever in Asia.

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Source : wikipedia

Achievements and Honors of Sir MV

  1. Sir Mv got Honorary Membership of the London Institution of Civil Engineers for an unbroken period of 50 years in 1904.
  2. He got recognition “Kaisar-i-Hind” for his services in 1906.
  3. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1911.
  4. In 1915, Visvesvaraya was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE) by the British for his contributions.
  5. In 1943, he elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Institution of Engineers, India.
  6. He Awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Town Planners in 1953.
  7. After India attained independence, he was awarded the nation’s highest honor, the Bharat Ratna (the gem of India) in 1955.
  8. Sir Mv got ‘Durga Prasad Khaitan Memorial Gold Medal’ by the Royal Asiatic Society Council of Bengal around 1958.

Engineers have a great impact on the development of any nation. 15 September is celebrated as engineers day not only in India but also in Shri Lanka and Tanzania also celebrates the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on his radio program Mann Ki Baat had shared about the engineering marvels of M Visvesvaraya. Shared a video of  Twitter on Engineer’s Day. The Prime Minister wrote, “On EngineersDay, I congratulate our hardworking engineers and appreciate their dexterity as well as dedication. Their role in nation-building is extremely vital. I also pay tributes to the noted engineer, Shri M Visvesvaraya, on his birth anniversary.”

At last, we can say that Visvesvaraya was an eminent engineer and a great statesman. So now you can understand why engineers day is celebrated to recognize the contribution of engineers’ in the development of the nation.”

No one can Shape the life of another, Your success and Happiness depends upon your own self. Think for your self and have a plan of life

-Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya

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