September 15 is celebrated as Engineer’s Day to mark the birth anniversary of engineer statesman Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, who is credited with pioneering engineering works. Besides India, Visvesvaraya’s engineering feats are also celebrated in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
Who Was Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya?
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was a popular civil engineer, who was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his remarkable contribution to the country’s development. He was the chief engineer in the project of the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, which was built on the Kaveri River in Mysore. Krishna Raja Sagar Dam held the distinction of being the largest reservoir in Asia for a long time. Popularly known as Sir MV, Visvesvaraya was also credited for helming the hugely challenging flood protection system in Hyderabad, which later went on to become a benchmark for various such projects in the country. He successfully created the system and also played a crucial role in developing another impressive system, which could protect the Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion. Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1861, in the Muddenahalli village of Karnataka. He completed his school education in his hometown and later on took admission in Bachelor of Arts (BA) undergraduate course at the University of Madras. Visvesvaraya’s fate took a major turn when he switched to a different career path and decided to pursue a diploma in civil engineering at the College of Science in Pune. After completing the course, he undertook various challenging projects and surprised many by producing remarkable results.