National Engineers Day celebrated on September 15 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. He is Popularly called as ‘Sir MV’. M Visvesvaraya is the man behind India’s early infrastructure development, education, and social welfare.
Odisha’s ruling party, BJD (Biju Janata Dal), paid his tributes to Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary and said, sir MV, is an inspiration for our talented and skilled engineers who contributed significantly in the development of the Nation.
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1861, in a village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He pursued his civil engineering at the College of Science in Pune.
M. Visvesvaraya spanned 34 years with his first job as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department of the Government of Bombay. Later, he joined the Mysore service as chief engineer and had contributed to several technical projects in Hyderabad, Mysore, Maharashtra, and Odisha.
M. Visvesvaraya’s contributions include the block system of irrigation in the Deccan canals in 1899 and irrigation system with water floodgates at the Khadakvasla reservoir.
The irrigation system was later installed at Gwalior’s Tigra Dam and Mysuru’s Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam, one of the largest reservoirs in Asia time.
In 1918 Visvesvaraya took voluntary retirement over his disagreement with the proposal to set aside state jobs for the “non-brahmin” community.
According to the Institution of Engineers India (IEI), Visvesvaraya was also called the “precursor of economic planning in India.” Visvesvaraya published two books in 1920 and 1934: “Reconstructing India” and “Planned Economic of India,” respectively.
Visvesvaraya was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his immense contribution to India’s early infrastructure development, education, and social welfare.
While serving as the Diwan of Mysore, Visvesvaraya also awarded knight in 1915.
The eminent engineer and statesman Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya passed away in 1962.
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