15th September is celebrated in India as “Engineers Day”. Surprised? Yes! there is an Engineers day but unlike other special days where Greeting Cards and Roses are exchanged, this day is spent more quietly in memory of one of India’s earliest and celebrated Engineer – Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya.
He is probably one of the few men to be honored and celebrated by both the rulers and the ruled. He was awarded the “Knight Commander of the Indian Empire Medal” by the British Crown in recognition of his public service and was also honored with the “Bharat Ratna”, India’s highest civilian award.
He lived to the age of 101 and passed away in 1962. He was instrumental in the nurturing of the Krishnaraja Sagara dam and reservoir, the steel works at Bhadravathi, the Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic Institute at Bangalore, the University of Mysore, Bank of Mysore Limited (now State Bank of Mysore) , Karnataka Soaps & Detergents Limited (KSDL) – Govt Soap Factory amongst other.
He also set up one of the first engineering college “Government Engineering College” at Bangalore in 1917 which is now “University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering”. There is also the Visvesvarayya Technological University at Belgaum in his memory.
His contribution to the field of academics and application of engineering to uplift society and solve critical problems cannot be undermined. When one reads about his contribution, they cant help feeling a sense of awe at what a single man could achieve in a lifetime. Today as India celebrates “Engineers Day”, let us all remember this great Indian who lived a life to be spoken about.
We at ichiban Academy (www.ichibanacademy.in) truly wish that every one of us also attempt to emulate such fine minds and live life to the fullest through our contribution to society by “Engineering” dreams!!