National Engineers’ Day is celebrated on September 15, every year. This day marks the birth anniversary of the celebrated Indian Civil Engineer, Sir M. Visvesvaraya who was born on this day in 1860. He was also a statesman and economist.
Let us learn more about this illustrious scholar and why we observe National Engineers’ Day.
Sir M. Visvesvaraya
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (KCIE FASc) was an Indian engineer extraordinaire who donned many hats through the course of his professional career. He was widely recognized for his achievements both during his lifetime, and after. He is often lovingly referred to as Sir MV. He is one of India’s greatest minds of the 20th century.
He is known as the “Father of Modern Mysore State”
Some of Sir M. Visvesvaraya’s achievements have been listed below.
- He designed the automatic weir water floodgates.
- As the Chief Architect of the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, designed steel doors that would prevent unnecessary and excess water flow in dams
- He served as a Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom between 1912-1918.
- He was knighted as a Knight Commander (KCIE) in 1915.
- He received the Bharat Ratna in 1955.
Why is National Engineers’ Day Celebrated?
The day pays homage to his contribution and service, both, to science and to his country. The day is commemorated to honour Sir M. Visvesvaraya’s contributions to the field of science and engineering. He showed incomparable merit in engineering.
National Engineers’ Day Significance
Sir M Visvesvaraya has left an unsurpassable mark on the fields of engineering and economy, particularly in India. He has made a tremendous impact on engineering in India and continues to inspire engineers even today. His achievements inspire and remind us that no mountain is too high if you are hardworking and dedicated to realizing your goals.
National Engineers’ Day 2021 Theme
The theme for this year’s observance is ‘Engineering for a Healthy Planet: Celebrating the UNESCO Engineering Report.’
The National Engineers’ Day 2020 Theme was ‘Engineers for a Self-Reliant India’.
- Tanzania and Sri Lanka also honour Sir M. Visvesvaraya by observing September 15 as National Engineers’ Day.
- Government Engineering College was established by Sir M. Visvesvaraya in 1917. It is now known as University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.
- Visvesvaraya Technological University and Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology are two institutions named after him.
- Google honoured Sir M. Visvesvaraya with a Google Doodle on his birth anniversary in 2018.
- He published several books among which his most notable works are Reconstructing India and Planned Economy for India.
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We will leave you with some words of wisdom from Sir M Visvesvaraya and we hope it will inspire you to work hard and achieve your dreams:
“To make our country great, self-supporting and strong, work hard, work harder, work with efficiency, work in a co-operative spirit and work with a team spirit.”
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