Historically, India celebrates Engineer’s Day every September 15 as a tribute to Sir M Visvesvaraya. One of the movers and shakers of modern India, he was fondly called a visionary and an engineer of excellence. The world regards him with respect, and he is admired by many. Several countries, including India, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania, celebrate his birthday on September 15. Accordingly, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrate World Engineers Day every 4th March.
Throughout the country, Engineer’s Day celebrates the efforts made by engineers whose innovations have created a smoother, more comfortable life for us.
About Sir M Visvesvaraya
The 19th Diwan of Mysore was Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, born on 15th September 1860 and known as Sir MV. He organized various educational and industrial projects throughout his life.
The renowned Krishna Raja Sagar dam in Mysuru is an example of his work as an expert civil engineer. As Chief Engineer, he contributed immensely to the development of places such as Karnataka and Hyderabad. He obtained his degree in engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune.
Awards and Honours received by Sir M Visvesaraya.
Bharat Ratna, the highest award in India, was bestowed upon him in 1955. In recognition of his contributions to public welfare, King George V awarded him Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE).
His contributions to the dam, reservoir, and hydropower projects are widely regarded as the foundation for building the nation of India. M Visvesvaraya is best known for designing the Krishna Raja Sagar dam in Karnataka and the flood control system for Hyderabad, among other architectural marvels.
Engineers Day 2021: Remembering Sir Visvesvaraya’s contributions
- As early as 1917, he founded the Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, known as the Government Engineering College.
- 1934 was the year he was part of the committee that planned the Indian Economy.
- The British Indian Empire awarded him the title of Knight Commander for his public service.
- Block System was created by him for preventing wasteful water flows in dams. It was demonstrated at Khadakvasla reservoir, Pune.
- As Chief Engineer for the Krishna Raja Sagar dam project in Karnataka, he designed and built three dams.
- Engineer Sir VM designed hydraulic flood gates that were installed in Pune’s Khadakvasla reservoir in 1903.
- Visitasvaraya introduced significant reforms in the education sector, banking sector, agricultural sector, commercial sector, and industrialization sector. Known for his economic planning, he paved the way for India’s growth.
Here are few messages to wish engineers a happy Engineers Day
- An engineer is the only person capable of creating anything with their brain and creativity—a happy Engineers Day to you.
- Thanks for putting your entire heart and soul into your profession, for creating innovative products and for surprising us every day with your work.
- Our lives are made more accessible, more comfortable, and easier by engineers, and today is the day to thank them for what they do. I wish you a happy Engineer’s Day!
- Engineers possess the only tool to create something from nothing because they contain the scientific knowledge to accomplish the impossible. A pleased Engineer’s Day to you!
Civic engineer, economist, educator, and scholar M Visvesvaraya is considered one of India’s finest nation builders. He was a major force in the development of hydropower and dams in India. It is important to remember his contributions and to honor them fully. People like him have positively impacted human beings and have ensured people live peacefully around them.
Engineers are professionals who have been working around the clock to make our lives easier. As a result, we are experiencing such rapid advancement thanks to their contributions. Whether it’s the construction of a house or a highway, everything is under their supervision. They have taken human evolution to a whole new level with their intelligence and dedication.
The contribution they have made to this advancement and development cannot be forgotten. It is important to recognize and honor engineers for their contributions.