Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’s birthday is celebrated on 15 September as Engineer’s Day. Fondly referred to as Sir MV, M Visvesvaraya was a world-renowned civil engineer who was a master of irrigation design. He was also referred to as the father of engineers by many. The bridge, among M Visvesvaraya’s most notable projects, is a representation of the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam (in Karnataka). In 1924, Sir MV designed the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam, the largest reservoir in India at the time, and oversaw the construction of the project. The dam is known to have provided drinking water for several cities.
Life of M Visvesvaraya in Brief:
Born in the early 1800s, Sir MV was raised in Karnataka’s Muddenahalli village. Sir MV walked for over 60 kilometres in Bengaluru to attend United Mission School and often resort to street lamps for studying during the night. M Visvesvaraya earned a License in Civil Engineering from the University of Bombay and began working with the Bombay city’s Public Works Division. He then joined the Indian Irrigation Commission. His expertise in the subject earned him the opportunity to travel to a port city in Yemen where he studied the water supply and drainage of Aden.
Special Achievements of M Visvesvaraya:
M Visvesvaraya was appointed as the Chief Engineer of Mysore State in 1909. He was then given the status of the Diwan in Mysore in 1912 which he held for seven years. He was awarded India’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955 for his work in the fields of engineering and education. He was also awarded the British knighthood King also awarded to by George V, giving him the honorific “sir”.