Engineers play an important role in making any country and no one can deny this. Engineers Day is celebrated on different dates in every country to honor the contribution of Engineers in the development of a nation. in India Engineers Day It is celebrated on 15 September. This date was chosen to honor India’s first civil engineer and 19th Diwan of Mysore Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. He was born on this day in 1860.
People in India know him as Sir M Visvesvaraya. He is also called the 'Father of Modern Mysore' for his industrial, social and economic projects. In such a situation, on the birth anniversary of Sir Visvesvaraya, let us know some of the most interesting facts about him.
- M Visvesvaraya was born in a Tamil Brahmin family in Muddenahalli village of Mysore, Karnataka. He was named Mokshagundam because the village in Andhra Pradesh from where his ancestors used to have the same name.
- M Visvesvaraya graduated with an engineering degree from the College of Engineering, Pune.
- Sir M Visvesvaraya designed and implemented a complex irrigation system while working for the Irrigation Commission of India. Apart from this, the technology of automatic floodgate called block system was created and then it was also patented.
- Visvesvaraya was the chief architect and engineer of the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam on the Kaveri River in Mandya, Karnataka. The dam was named after the king of Mysore, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV.
- He believed that India needed large scale industries, factories and steel plants to develop economically. He disagreed with the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi's idea of making India self-reliant through cottage industries or rural lifestyle.
- Visvesvaraya believed that modern education is the most important thing for the development of any country. Following this, he helped in the establishment of Mysore University in 1916.
- Sir M Visvesvaraya spent a significant part of his life designing the infrastructure for Mahbub Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad and later for Maharaja Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, the king of Mysore.
- In 1908, there was a devastating flood in the Musi River, in which thousands of people died. Visvesvaraya then helped build the drainage system and sewage system, which made Hyderabad flood free for the future.
- As a person he was a rationalist, devoted to his work and punctual. He was also a patriot with a strong vision for the future of India.
- Sir M Visvesvaraya was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his work.
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