Our tribute to the Great Indian Engineer

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!!

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One thought on “Our tribute to the Great Indian Engineer

  1. Thanks for this article Raj. Being a Kannadiga (n’ also an engineer!) Sir. M. V is definitely an idol we all admire and worship! We have grown up hearing/reading stories about the great man and also seeing live his contribution to the state and the nation at large. Till date whenever we go back to Mysooru, we feel his presence all around us, be it at the magnificent Brindavan gardens (KRS) or just the streets / by lanes of Mysooru. It simply feels all his creation.

    Would like you to note that the tech university of Karnataka which earlier comprised of 5 different universities (Bengaluru, Mysooru, Karantak U Dharwar, Kuvempu and Gulbarga) comes under the umbrella brand of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) which is head quartered at Belagavi (Belgaum)

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