Introduction – Engineer’s Day is celebrated every year on September 15 to honor the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvessvaraya, the greatest engineer in India. Mokshagundam Vusvesvaraya was a civil engineer who received the Bharat Ratna in the year 1955 for his outstanding contribution to the development of the country. He was one of the greatest engineers that played an important role in making reservoirs, dams, and hydropower projects of modern India with a great contribution in the field of engineering and education.
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was the chief engineer in the construction of several architectural marvels including the flood protection system of Hyderabad and Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in Karnataka. Sir M. Visvesvaraya was also known as the ‘’Father of Modern Mysore’’ due to his great work in making Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in Mysore,
History – The Indian Government declared that the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India in the year 1968. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and honor all the engineers that have greatly contributed for the development of our country.
Theme – The theme of Engineer’s Day in the year 2022 has not been declared yet in India. Earlier, the theme of Engineer’s Day in the year 2021 is ‘’Engineering for A Healthy Planet-Celebrating the UNESCO Engineering Report’’. Previously, in the year 2020, the theme was ‘’Engineers for a Self-Reliant India’’.
Significance – Sir M. Visvesvaraya was born in a Telugu Brahmin in the year 1861 at a small village near Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka. He received a BSc degree from Madras University and also done a Diploma in Civil Engineering (DCE) from Bombay University which is affiliated with the College of Engineering, Pune. M. Visvesvaraya established the Government Engineering College which is currently known as Bengaluru’s University Visvesvaraya of Engineering. He received the Bharat Ratna in the year 1955 for his outstanding contributions to economic, social projects, and industrial in our country. Sir M. Visvesvaraya was also graced with the British Knighthood by King George V that put ‘’Sir’’ before his name due to his great contribution to our country. In past, he also worked as Diwan of Mysore between 1912 and 1918. The nation pays tribute to Sir M. Visvesvaraya on this day.