Today we all engineers are celebrating Engineer’s Day, which is celebrated every year (on September 15) to mark the birth anniversary of Sir M Vishweshwaraiah.
who was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore during 1912 to 1919. Internationally recognised for his genius in harnessing water resources, he was responsible for successful design and construction of several river dams, bridges and implementing irrigation and drinking water schemes all over India. He served as the dewan of Mysore State and was considered to be the architect of the all-round development of Karnataka.Among his most successful projects are the design and construction of the K.R. Sagar dam and its adjoining Brindavan Gardens, turn-around of the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works, setting up of the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory and the founding of the Bank of Mysore.
Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshwaraiah was a noted Indian Engineer of all times. He was also honoured with India’s highest honour Bhata Ratna in 1955. Vishweshwaraiah was the man behind the flood protection system. He served as a chief engineer during construction of Krishna Raja Sagara on the Kaveri River near Mysore. Several dams still functioning were built under Visvesvarayya.
This year’s Engineers Day celebration is of more importance as it turns 150 this year.