Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, known as 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.
Here are 5 things you should know about Sir MV:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. Happy Engineer’s Day to all the engineers out there helping and rebuilding our nation.