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ENGINEERS of Bharat – A Tribute

  • Sukanya Iyer
  • September 15, 2020
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As I start to Pen down my thoughts towards Engineers Day, it’s very close to my heart as I belong to the Family of Engineers Hailing from Karnataka, while I Sip my favorite Specially brewed South Indian filter Cuppa Coffee, would quote Swami Vivekananda 
” To Start an Idea towards Implementation, Put ur Nerves, bones & Muscles for the Generation of Ideation Process into reality”
The essence of Engineering Thought Process– Innovation, Design, Creation & Implementation. Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man

Engineering is a profession where, with the assistance of science or technology, your imagination becomes the truth. Thus, it is only reasonable to say that Engineers are the developing world’s architects 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 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.

Little-known facts about Visvesvaraya, one of the greatest engineer—
India’s legendary dam builder was born on September 15, 1861, at Muddenahalli near Chikkaballapur in Karnataka and went on to become one of India’s greatest engineers. He was popularly called Sir MV. M Visvesvaraya is considered of the foremost nation-builders, creating modern marvels upon which modern India was built.   

Indians celebrate Engineers’ Day on September 15 to pay tribute to Engineering legend Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. M Visvesvaraya was a pioneer in his field, credited for inventing the Block System for dams – the automated doors that shut during an overflow.
India’s legendary dam builder was born on September 15, 1861, at Muddenahalli near Chikkaballapur in Karnataka and went on to become one of India’s greatest engineers. He was popularly called Sir MV. He is considered of the foremost nation-builders, creating modern marvels upon which modern India was built.
1) Birth
He was born to a poor family and raised in Karnataka’s Muddenahalli village. Legend has it that he walked 60 k to attend the United Mission School and wasn’t averse to studying under the light.

2) Academics
He earned a license in civil engineering from the University of Bombay and began working with erstwhile Bombay’s Public Works Division. He joined the Indian irrigation Commission.

3) Awards
He was appointed Chief Engineer of Mysore State in 1909, given the status of Diwan of Mysore in 1912, awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955. He was also knighted by George V.


4) Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and Dam
His most famous project was the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and Dam, which was India’s largest reservoir at the time. It provided drinking water for several cities.  PM Modi has also paid tribute to him in his Mann Ki Baat saying “lakhs of farmers and common people continue to benefit from the Krishna Raj Sagar Dam built by him”.


5) Planning Commission
He was the first to bat for economic planning, long before independence. To some, he was better known as the author of the 1934 book A Planned Economy for India, which would make him the father of the Planning Commission as well. In 1938, when the first rudimentary economic planning was set up by Subhas Chandra Bose, he was to head it. He was the head of the planning committee but scientist Meghnad Saha said that a politician ought to head it, and Nehru was made the National Planning Committee in his stead.


6) Work in Education
He cared deeply about engineering founding the Government Engineering College in Bangalore in 1917. The college was later named after him  – the Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology. 


7) Legacy 
He is so honored in Karnataka that he has his own lyrics in the 1972 blockbuster Bangarada Manushaya, the longest-running movie in Kannada film history which goes: “If Visvesvaraya had not toiled. And allowed Cauvery to flow. And not built Kannambadi?. Would this precious land have harvested gold? Prosperous Kannada land,  prosperous Kannada land.
This article of mine is dedicated to my Late Father Shri B.M.Subbanna who also hails from Karnataka, created many Engineering marvels of the Greatest Sites of Civil, Mechanical & Fabrication design of Indias Greatest Projects–Tehri Dam, Lakshman Jula, Geeta Bhavan to name a few, & played a crucial role in Reconstruction of the City of Bhuj when PM Modi was Gujarat’s CM…So being an Engineers’s Daughter feel very Proud of his Accomplishments & every Engineer who creates Infrastructure Marvel or any other Sector to make our life easier, &  Accessible through their MECHANICS & INNOVATION & nowadays with the Upgradation of Technology…!!
SALUTATIONS to our Brave Warriors & COVID Warriors 
Jai Hind 
Dr. Sukanya Subbanna Iyer 

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