In our India, today in every nook and corner there are engineers, I should say in every street and in every house.
Well it’s time to think what my contribution to India as an engineer
We all know that to honor the person who is considered as the best engineer ever, India started celebrating Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya birthday as Engineers' Day.
What Made Him The Best Engineer?
Sir MV earned a celebrity status when he designed a flood protection system (automatic weir water floodgates) for Hyderabad city which was under constant threat of floods by Musi river.
The same system was installed at the Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune, Tigra Dam in Gwalior and the Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) Dam in Mysore. He developed a system to protect Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion. The Block System of Irrigation(automated doors that close in the conditions of overflow) which is a scheme prepared by Visvesvaraya, was a big achievement. He introduced this sytem in Mumbai.
This year marks the 48th Engineers Day celebrations in India which is held in the commemoration of Visvesvaraya's 155th birth anniversary.
Born on 15 September 1861 in the village of Muddenahalli in the Kingdom of Mysore, Visvesvaraya lost his father, Srinivasa Sastry, when he was 15. Following his death, Visvesvaraya moved with his mother Venkatalakshamma to Bangalore where his maternal uncle H Ramaiah lived.
At Bangalore, he was admitted to the Wesleyan Mission High School in 1875. Later he joined the Central College from where he graduated with distinction. He then moved to Pune and joined College of engineering in 1883. He specialized in Civil Engineering.
After topping the College of Engineering, Pune he was directly (without any interview) recruited by Government of Bombay and appointed as Assistant Engineer in Public Works Department
India's Highest Honour
Visvesvaraya received India's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955 and was also knighted as a Commander of the Indian Empire by King George V for his myriad contributions to the public good.
Most engineering colleges in Karnataka have been named in his honour namely Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belgaum, Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Bangalore, Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology in Bangalore, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in Nagpur and the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore.
Each year, Engineers' Day has a theme, and this year it is "Skill Development for Young Engineers to Reform the Core Sector: Vision 2025."
Well it’s time to think what my contribution to India as an engineer. Isn't it?
What do you say?