Engineers’ Day 2021: Know all about famous engineer M Visvesvaraya

 Engineering is one of the most respected and notable professions worldwide. Becoming an engineer requires a lot of flexibility and a drive to be logical and diligent. Engineers Day is celebrated to recognize their contribution to the world.

Engineers Day is celebrated every year on 15 September to honor the great Indian engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary. This day has been made as Engineers Day to spread awareness about their remarkable contribution to the world of science and physics.

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya has contributed a lot in developing India as a country by conducting many construction projects for dams, hydroelectric projects and other useful resources for the country. He was also the chief engineer in many architectural marvels in India.

Engineers Day 2021: History and Significance

The first Engineer's Day was celebrated in 1968, when the Government of India declared the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya as Engineer's Day to recognize his efforts and contribution towards the development of the country.

Since 1968, Engineers Day is celebrated every year across the country, not only to honor Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, but to honor every engineer who works towards the betterment and development of India using science and technology.

World Engineers Day is celebrated globally by UNESCO on 4th March, but Engineers Day is specially celebrated in India to honor the great engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Sir M Visvesvaraya has been part of notable construction projects such as the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in Karnataka and the flood protection system of Hyderabad.

Who is Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya?

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September 1861 in Karnataka. He studied Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Mysore and then went on to study Civil Engineering at the College of Science in Pune. Later he started his career in Public Works Department in Bombay.

During his professional life, he has contributed immensely towards the society by being a part of many notable construction projects in Mysore, Hyderabad, Odisha and Maharashtra. After the devastating floods in Hyderabad in 1908, Sir M Visvesvaraya designed a drainage system to protect the city from these floods in the future.

Visvesvaraya has also been awarded the British Knighthood and was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955. He also served as the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.

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