Happy Engineer’s Day

A very Happy Engineer’s Day to all our Engineering students/alumni . Engineer’s Day marks the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya, a prominent engineering pioneer in the history of Indian development. The theme for this year’s Engineers Day is “Role of Engineers in a developing India ”

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, KCIE(popularly known as Sir MV; 15 September 1861 – 12 April 1962) was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He is a recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good.

Sir MV had a flair for complex engineering problems and nation building. It is to honour his achievements and contribution towards the country that India celebrates Engineer’s Day on his birthday, 15 September.

Career Highlights :
 
  • Joined service as Assistant Engineer in Bombay, 1885, served in Nasik, Khandesh and Poona.
  • Services lent to Municipality of Sukkur in Sind, 1894, designed and carried out the water works of that Municipality, 1895.
  • Executive Engineer, Surat, 1896.
  • Assistant Superintending Engineer, Poona, 1897–99,visited China and Japan, 1898.
  • Executive Engineer for Irrigation, Poona, 1899.
  • Sanitary Engineer, Bombay, and Member, Sanitary Board, 1901, gave evidence before the Indian Irrigation Commission, 1901.
  • Designed and constructed automatic gates patented by him at Lake Fife Storage Reservoir, introduced a new system of irrigation known as the “Block System”, 1903; represented the Bombay Government at the Simla Irrigation Commission, 1904, on special duty, 1905.
  • Superintending Engineer, 1907, visited Egypt, Canada. United States of America and Russia, 1908.
  • Services lent as Special Consulting Engineer, Hyderabad, to supervise and carry out engineering works in connection with the Musi floods, 1909.
  • Retired from British service, 1909.
  • Chief Engineer and Secretary to the Government of Mysore, 1909.
  • Dewan of Mysore, P. W. and Railway Department, 1913.
  • Board of director of Tata Steel, 1927–1955.
       
    Here are 5 things you should know about Sir MV :
  • After topping the Poona College of Engineering he was directly( without any interview) recruited by Government of Bombay and appointed as Assistant Engineer in Public Works Department.
  • He created automatic sluice gates which was later reused for Tigra Dam (in Madhya Pradesh) and KRS Dam(in Karnataka) as well. For this patent design he was supposed to get a recurring income in the form of royalty but he refused it so that the government could use this money for more developmental projects.
  •  Between 1895 and 1905, he worked in different parts of India:

– In Hyderabad, he improved the drainage system.

– In Bombay, he introduced block system of irrigation and water weir flood gates.

– In Bihar and Orissa, he was a part of the building railway bridges project and water supply schemes.

– In Mysore, he supervised the construction of KRS dam, the then Asia’s biggest dam.

  • He was offered Dewanship (Prime Minister position) of Mysore in 1908 and given full responsibility of all the development projects. Under his Dewanship Mysore saw major transformation in the realms of Agriculture, Irrigation, Industrialization, Education , Banking and Commerce.
  • He was conferred with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his contribution towards engineering.

He was not only praised by the Indian government but also received honorary awards and memberships from all over the world.

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