About Engineer’s Day
The country is celebrating Engineer’s Day today. The birth anniversary of renowned engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is celebrated every year in the country as Engineer’s Day. He had solved the problem of erosion of Visakhapatnam port with his engineering skills. He has made significant contributions to the construction of some important water projects in the South.
About Dr Visvesvaraya:
Dr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’s birth anniversary was declared as ‘Engineer’s Day’ by the Government of India in 1968.
Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September 1860 in the Kolar district of Mysore (Karnataka).
Work of Visvesvaraya:
Krishnaraja Sagar Dam in Mysore, Dam in Khadakwasla Reservoir in Pune, and Tigra Dam in Gwalior are important. The entire credit for building Hyderabad City goes to Dr. Visvesvaraya. He had designed a flood protection system there, after which he was named all over India. He was instrumental in developing a system for protecting the Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.
Visvesvaraya was also called the father of Modern Mysore State. He established several factories and educational institutions in collaboration with the Government of Mysore.
These include Mysore Soap Factory, Mysore Iron and Steel Factory, State Bank of Mysore, Mysore Chambers of Commerce and Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.
Some Countries Celebrated Engineers Day:
16 June in Argentina,
7 May in Bangladesh
15 June in Italy
5 December in Turkey
24 February in Iran
20 March in Belgium
14 September in Romania as Engineer’s Day