From the invention of the wheel to the modern day drones, from ancient history to modern days, engineering constructs have provided the vital push for the progress of Science and Technology. Taking note of how important engineers are for the growth of nations, countries around the world celebrate the Engineer’s Day. Every year, World Power India celebrates September 15 as National Engineer’s Day to appreciate the contributions of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Bharat Ratna Awardee Sir M. Vishweshwariya was a great engineer and he has made an unforgettable contribution in the successful implementation of several important works such as river dams, bridges, and drinking water schemes. In recognition of his contribution to the field of engineering, he was awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1955.
Visvesvaraya installed an irrigation system with water floodgates at Gwalior’s Tigra Dam and Mysuru’s Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam, the latter of which created one of the largest reservoirs in Asia at the time.
What were Visvesvaraya’s contributions?
In 1915, King George V knighted the scholar as a commander of the British Indian Empire. After India gained independence, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 and later a fellowship from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. He even became a member of the London Institution of Civil Engineers and had numerous universities, including Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belagavi, named after him.
Why Engineers Day Celebrated in India?
The aim of celebrating Engineers Day in India is to motivate the students to come to this area in India. Engineers play an important role in making the country prosperous and developed. India is the world’s leading country in the field of engineering and IT. Engineering is a wide area and now in India, engineering is taught in many disciplines and Branches.
Engineer’s Day is celebrated in nations across the world. Russia celebrates engineers on December 22, Argentina on June 16, Bangladesh on May 7, Brazil on December 11, Columbia on August 17, Chile on May 14, Mexico on July 1 and Italy on June 15.
The eminent engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya breathed his last in 1962, leaving the world with his beneficial contributions. His memorial stands at Muddenahalli, which is managed by the Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust as his name lives on through various universities including Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belagavi.