Engineer’s Day 2021: September 15, India’s engineer’s day is celebrated as the birthday of India’s Ratna Mokshagundam Vishweshwaraiah. His contribution to the field of engineering and education is significant. He is considered one of the great nation-builders who played a major role in the construction of modern India’s dams, reservoirs and hydropower projects.
History of the Engineers’ Day What
In 1968, the Government of India declared the birthday of Sir M Visvesvaraya as Engineer’s Day. Since then, the day is celebrated to honor and acknowledge all the engineers who have contributed and are still working to build a modern and developed India.
What is the significance of Engineers’ Day?
In 1903, Sir M Visvesvarayaiah designed and patented the Automatic Block Water Floodgate. Also known as the block system, it has automatic doors that close when water overflows. It was first established in Pune’s Khadakwasla Reservoir.
Born in a small village near Chikkaballapur in Karnataka in 1861, Sir M Vishweshwaraiah studied Bachelor of Arts from the University of Madras and studied civil engineering at Pune’s Science College. In 1917, he founded the Government Engineering College, now known as the Bangalore University Vishweshwaraiah College of Engineering.
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After the catastrophic floods in Hyderabad in 1908, the then Nizam requested the services of Sir M Vishweshwaraiah to build a drainage system and protect the city from flooding. The engineer proposed the construction of storage reservoirs and sewage outside the city to prevent pollution of the Musi River flowing through Hyderabad.
This interesting episode of train travel is related to Visvesvaraya
Dr. Vishweshwaraiah once traveled by train in British India. Most of the British were on this train. The British were mocking him for being stupid and illiterate. At this time, Dr. Vishweshwaraiah suddenly pulled the train chain. After a while the watchman came and asked who had pulled the chain. Then Dr. Vishweshwaraiah said I had pulled the chain because I guess the railway track had been torn down a short distance from here. How do you know the staff has heard about this? Vishweshwarayya said, ‘There is a difference in the natural speed of the car and I am in danger of sound. After this, when the track was inspected, it was found that the joints of the railway track were open and all nut-bolts were open from one location.
He has been honored with many awards
Sir M Vishweshwaraiah was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 and the British Night Hood. He served as Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918; The nation pays tribute to Sir M Vishweshwaraiah on Engineer’s Day.
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