National Engineer’s Day 2023:
Engineer’s Day is celebrated in India on September 15 every year to honour the contributions of Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, also known as Sir MV, who was born on this day in 1861.
Sir M Visvesvaraya:
- Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, widely known as Sir MV, was a distinguished engineer, statesman, and scholar who held the position of Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.
- He was known as the father of Modern Mysore for his outstanding contribution to society.
- He was born on 15th September 1861 in Muddenahalli village in Karnataka.
- He completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Madras and completed civil engineering from the College of Science in Pune.
- He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore.
- He designed and patented automatic water floodgates in 1903, which were first installed at the Khadakwasla reservoir in Pune.
- In 1917, Visvesvaraya established the Government Engineering College in Bengaluru, which was later named University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in his honour.
- He was a renowned precursor of economic planning in India.
- In 1955, the Government of India honoured him with the highest civilian honour — Bharat Ratna for his numerous industrial, economic and social projects.
- He was also conferred the British knighthood by King George V, earning the title “Sir.”