Why we celebrate Engineers Day?
Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man
– Thomas Tredgold
Engineering is a profession where, with the assistance of science or technology, your imagination becomes truth. Thus, it is only reasonable to say that Engineers are the developing world’s architect and have played a key part in constructing the world from scratch.
Engineering inventions have given the essential boost for the advancement of human technology from the creation of the wheel in ancient history to contemporary drones. Taking into account how significant technicians are for the nation development, the Engineer’s Day is celebrated by countries around the globe.
Every country celebrates it on different days in India it is celebrated on 15 September every year to appreciate the contributions of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born on September 15, 1861, in a village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He became India’s most prolific civil engineer, dam builder, economist, statesman and one of the main nation-builders of the last century.
From 1912 to 1918, M.Visvesvaraya was also Mysore’s Diwan. He was the chief engineer in charge of building the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore as well as the chief designer of the Hyderabad City flood protection scheme. In 1955, the government of India conferred’ Bharat Ratna’ on this legend because of his exceptional contribution to society. He was also granted British Knighthood by King George V and therefore has the honorary “sir.” His birthday September 15is marked as the day of the engineers. He became a member of the London Civil Engineers Institution before being awarded a fellowship by the Bangalore Indian Institute of Science (IISC).
He later patented and installed an irrigation system at the Khadakvasla reservoir near Pune in 1903 with water floodgates to increase food supply and storage to the greatest concentrations. This was also mounted on the Tigra Dam of Gwalior and the Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam of Mysuru, the latter of which at the moment formed one of Asia’s biggest reservoirs. He converted the state of Mysore into what was then called the’ model state.’
According to the Institute of Engineers India (IEI), Visvesvaraya was not only renowned for his engineering contributions but was also called the “precursor of economic planning in India.” He claimed to be the best known for his “Planned Economy for India and Reconstruction of India” discourse, which is the first of its kind to describe the planning efforts of the country.
This eminent engineer passed away leaving the world with his commendable contributions in 1962. His memorial stands at Muddenahalli, which is managed by the National Memorial Trust of Visvesvaraya as its name lives on through numerous universities including Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belagavi.
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