Engineer’s Day: India celebrates M Visvesvaraya’s 160th birthday, all you need to know about the greatest engineer

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Engineer’s Day: India celebrates M Visvesvaraya’s 160th birthday, all you need to know about the greatest engineer

 Engineer Day 2021: Every year on 15 September, India along with Sri Lanka and Tanzania celebrates National Engineer Day to recognize and honor the achievements of the great engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. The day is celebrated to celebrate the great work of engineers and encourage them to improve and innovate.

This year marks the 160th birth anniversary of M Visvesvaraya, who was born on September 15, 1861 in Muddanahalli village, Karnataka. He completed his schooling in his hometown and later went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Madras University. However, he changed his career path after graduation and studied civil engineering at the College of Science, Pune.

Popularly known as Sir MV, Visvesvaraya undertook several complex projects and delivered remarkable infrastructural results during his career. He patented and installed an irrigation system with water floodgates in the Khadakwasla reservoir near Pune, known as the 'Block System', in 1903 to raise the food supply level and storage to the highest level.

It was also established at the Tigra Dam in Gwalior and the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) Dam in Mysore, the latter of which created one of the largest reservoirs in Asia at the time.

An expert in irrigation techniques and flood disaster management, Sir MV was not only a great civil engineer but also served as the 19th Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1919. While serving as the Diwan of Mysore, he was awarded a 'Knight' in 1915. A commander of the British Indian Empire by King George V.

Apart from his engineering accolades, he was instrumental in providing awareness about the engineering discipline and was also instrumental in the foundation of the Government Engineering College in Bangalore in 1917. Later the name of the college was changed to University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE). )

For his contribution to the making of India, the government honored him with India's highest honor 'Bharat Ratna' in 1955.

In 2018, Google launched a doodle on his birthday to celebrate his genius work, whose efforts led Tata Steel engineers to invent an armored vehicle that was used in WWII and could withstand bullets . Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya passed away in 1962 but his achievements and contributions are still celebrated today.

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