Engineers Day: Google Doodle celebrates 158th Birthday of greatest Engineer Sir Visvesvaraya
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya also known as Sir MV was a great Indian engineer, scholar, statesman, and the 19th Diwan of Mysore, who served from 1912 to 1918. Google Doodle celebrates Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’s 158th Birthday
Sir MV received India’s highest honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good.
Every year in India on 15 September Engineering day is celebrated on his memory. He also served as chief engineer for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya district as well as chief engineer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.
Two metro lines in India, one in Delhi on the Pink Line (Sir Vishveshwaraiah Moti Bagh) and another one Bengaluru on the Purple Line (Sir M. Visvesvaraya Station, Central College), have been named after him, in his honor.
Today Google pays honors to the great engineer on his 158th Birthday.
The Engineering Community across India celebrates Engineers Day on 15 September every year as a tribute to the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. “Role of Engineers in a devolping India” is the theme of Engineers Day 2017.
India’s greatest civil engineer
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September, 1861, near Chikkaballapur in South Karnataka. He went on to become India’s most prolific civil engineer, dam builder, economist, statesman, and can be counted among the last century’s foremost nation-builders.
M. Visvesvaraya was also the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore as well as as the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.
Inventor of the Block System
Known world over for his contribution to harnessing water resources, Visvesvaraya was, among other things, responsible for the building and consolidation of dams across the country. He is also credited with inventing the Block System — automated doors that close in the conditions of overflow.
Remembering the legend
Several collges including the Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belagavi has been named after him.
Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam once said “Some of the brightest minds in the country can be found on the last benches of the classroom”.
Bharat Ratna with a British knighthood
Due to his outstanding contribution to the society, Government of India conferred ‘Bharat Ratna’ on this legend in the year 1955.” He was also awarded the British knighthood by King George V, and hence has the honorific “sir”.