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Engineers Day

September 15, 2020

Engineers Day is celebrated on 15th September every year in India to honour the contributions of engineers towards the growth and development of the country. The day is marked on the birthday of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a renowned engineer and economist. Popularly called as MV, born in Muddenahalli, Karnataka.

Visvesvaraya was a great civil engineer who designed and patented a system of water floodgates that were first placed in 1903 at Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune. It increased the water levels, which made him famous. He also devised a flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad, which earned him an enormous reputation.

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was not only an engineer and also an economist. He is best known for his discourse “Planned Economy for India and Reconstructing India” which is the first of its kind to define the country’s planning efforts.

Further, he was appointed as Dewan of Mysore State (now Karnataka). He served for seven years and committed to the development of the state. Hence, people of Karnataka called him as “Father of Modern Mysore State”.

Did you know?

  • Visvesvaraya was bestowed with the country’s highest civilian award “Bharata Ratna” in the year 1955.
  • He designed the layout for Jayanagar in the neighbourhoods in Bengaluru. It was the largest planned layout then in Asia.