From the innovation of the wheel to the advanced robots, engineering has given the crucial push to the advance of human innovation. Observing how imperative engineers are for the development of countries, nations around the globe praise the Engineer’s Day.
While Russia praises it on December 22, Mexico on July 1 and Italy on June 15, India has stamped September 15 as the National Engineer’s Day. This is on account of to value the commitments of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born on September 15, 1861, in a town called Muddenahalli in Karnataka.
A Bharat Ratna awardee, Visvesvaraya completed Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Madras and pursued Civil Engineering at College of Science in Pune.
He later patented and introduced a water irrigation system at the Khadakvasla repository close Pune to raise the food supply level and capacity to the maximum possible levels. This was additionally introduced at Gwalior’s Tigra Dam and Mysuru’s Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam, the last of which made one of the biggest suppliers in Asia at the time.
Visvesvaraya was not just known for his commitments in the field of civil engineering, but at the same time was known as the ” forerunner of economic planning in India”, as indicated by the Institution of Engineers India (IEI). He is best known for his talk “Planned Economy for India and Reconstructing India” which is the first of its kind to depict the nation’s planning endeavors.
In 1915, while filling in as the Diwan of Mysore, he was knighted as a Commander of the British Indian empire by King George V. He got the Bharat Ratna in 1955, became a member of the London Institution of Civil Engineers before he was awarded a fellowship by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore.
This prominent architect passed away in 1962, leaving the world with his valuable commitments. His remembrance remains at Muddenahalli, which is overseen by the Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust as his name lives on through different colleges incorporating Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belagavi.
Today, we engineers in India remember him and continue to provide service and incorporating amazing technology for the mass and nation and to the world.
PS: We are engineers. We can do anything. 😉