Engineer’s Day 2020: Every year on 15 September, Engineer’s Day is celebrated in India. But do you know, why Engineers Day is celebrated on 15 September? Indeed, on this day the country’s most renowned engineer and scholar Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born.
Why do we celebrate Engineer’s Day?
M. Visvesvaraya, born on 15 September 1861 and died 12 April 1962 (aged 101). He was the Diwan of Mysore and his tenure lasted from 1912–1918. Sir Visvesvaraya life was full of achievements. For this, he was not only awarded the title of Bharat Ratna in 1955, but was also awarded the Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire by King George V for his contribution to public life. In his honor, Engineers Day is celebrated in the country on the day of his birthday.
During his time, he played the role of Chief Engineer and built the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Karnataka. This dam is located in Mandya district. Apart from this, he worked as the Chief Engineer to build flood control systems in Hyderabad. He was appreciated worldwide for his irrigation projects.
M. Visvesvaraya built automatic sluice gates which were later used for the Tigra Dam (in Madhya Pradesh) and also the KRS Dam (in Karnataka). He was to receive a large sum of royalties for this patent design, but he declined it so that the government could use the money for other development projects.
Explain that between 1895 and 1905, Visvesvaraya worked in different parts of India.
He improved the drainage system in Hyderabad.
In Bombay, he introduced the block system of irrigation and water flood gates.
He was a part of Railway Bridge Project and Water Supply Schemes in Bihar and Orissa.
In Mysore, he supervised the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, Asia’s largest dam.
Sir Visvesvaraya was not only praised by the Government of India, but also received honorary awards and membership from all over the world. He died on 12 April 1962 at the age of 101. But his life is still a source of inspiration for all the engineers of our country. Many Engineers’ Day wishes to all engineers in the country’s construction and development.