New Delhi: Every year India celebrates Engineer’s Day on September 15, the birth anniversary of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, the engineering pioneer of India.
Fondly known as Sir MV and the builder of India, Visvesvaraya was born on this day in 1860 in a small village of Muddenahalli, near present-day Bengaluru.
Sir MV’s engineering genius reflected in channelling of water resources and construction and consolidation of dams across India.
During his stint as the Diwan of Mysore between 1912 to 1918, Visvesvaraya revamped the state into what was then came to be known as “model state”. He was also called the “Father of Modern Mysore”.
In the early 20th century, Visvesvaraya became the chief engineer of the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam project in Mysore, which was then the biggest in Asia. In 1909, the master-builder was appointed as the special consultant engineer to make Hyderabad flood-proof in the face of approaching floods.
He was awarded independent India’s greatest honour, The Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his relentless work in the fields of engineering and education. He is the recipient of several honorary doctoral degrees from eight universities in India.
In 1917 in Bengaluru, Visvesvaraya established Government Engineering College, which was later renamed as University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.
India’s engineer prodigy breathed his last on April 14 in 1962, five months short of his 102nd birthday.