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National Engineer’s day

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  • Published
    16th Sep, 2021

Context

Every year on September 15, India along with Sri Lanka and Tanzania celebrate National Engineer’s day to recognise and honour the achievements of the great engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. 

  • September 15, 2021, marks his 160th birth anniversary.

Who is  M Visvesvaraya?

  • Born on: September 15, 1861, 
  • Location: Muddenahalli village of Karnataka. 
  •  M Visvesvaraya, more commonly known as Sir MV, is considered one of the foremost nation-builders, creating marvels upon which modern India was built. 
  • He was referred to as the ‘precursor of economic planning in India’, according to the Institution of Engineers India (IEI). 
  • He received a degree in civil engineering from Pune College of Engineering. 
  • His expertise was in the fields of irrigation and flood disaster management. 
  • He rose to fame with his groundbreaking works in these fields with modern irrigation techniques as well as flood control and mitigation.

Major contribution

  • He designed the ‘automatic barrier water floodgates’ which were installed in Pune in 1903 at the Khadakvasla reservoir. 
  • He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagar dam in the Mandya district of Karnataka.
  • He was the chief engineer of the flood protection system for Hyderabad.
  • He also established the famous Government Engineering College, now known as University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 1917.