Several countries celebrates the ‘Engineer’s Day’ on different-different dates. When talk about India, 15 September will be celebrated as the 49th ‘Engineer’s Day’ of our country. This occasion is celebrated to cherish the India’s 20 lakh engineers which are produced every year.
Other than this, 2017’s Engineer’s Day is marked as the 156th birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, who is one of the greatest engineers of India. Visvesvarayya is also responsible for many ideal constructions in India.
Sir Visvesvarayya is commemorate as the mastermind behind various water resources projects of India. He had successfully designed and constructed several river dams, bridges and revolutionized the irrigation system in India by implementing irrigation and drinking water system.
Born on September 15, 1861, Sir Visvesvarayya in the family of Srinivasa Sastry and Venkachamma at Muddenahalli village in Kolar district of Karnataka. From Central College of Bangalore and Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune, he completed his BA with distinction in the respective years 1881 and 1883.
In the year, 1884, he started working with Public Works Department (PWD) at Mumbai as an Assistant Engineer. Late on, Sir Visvesvarayya was requested to join the Indian Irrigation Commission. His achievements includes several projects related to maintenance of public buildings, road construction and laying out city developments plans in several important towns.
1909 was the year when he worked with complete dedication and perseverance and got promoted as Chief Engineer in Mysore State. The system of automatic water floodgates first installed in the year 1903, at Khadakvasla reservoir near Pune, was designed as well as patented by himself only. It was also Sir Visvesvarayya very first notable achievement. The water flood gates were first used to control the floods of the Mootha Canal flowing through Pune.
Also, he was responsible for constructing Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya district. Not only as a scholar, Sir Visvesvarayya ruled the state of Mysore as a statesman and Diwan of from 1912 to 1919.