Engineer’s Day 2020: Know About M Visvesvaraya

Engineer’s Day 2020: Know About M Visvesvaraya

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was one of the India’s best engineers. He was popularly known as ‘Sir MV’.
Every year in India on September 15, the birth anniversary of M Visvesvaraya is celebrated as Engineer’s Day.


  • Visvesvaraya was born in 1861 in a Telugu family at Chikkaballapur, approximately 55 km from Bengaluru.
  • Both Visvesvaraya’s parents were renowned Sanskrit scholars.
  • Visvesvaraya lost his father very early in life.
  • He completed his primary education in his hometown and for higher education he later shifted to Bengaluru.
  • After finishing his undergraduate degree in Arts, Visvesvaraya changed his path and pursued a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune.

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♦Engineer’s Day 2020: Know About M Visvesvaraya

  • M Visvesvaraya was an expert in irrigation techniques and flood disaster management.
  • M Visvesvaraya became famous for his pioneering work in irrigation techniques and flood control.
  • One of M Visvesvaraya’s key contributions was designing the ‘automatic barrier water floodgates’ – installed for the first time at the Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune in 1903.
  • M Visvesvaraya served as the Diwan of Mysore, where he founded the Mysore Soap Factory, Bangalore Agricultural University, State Bank of Mysore and Mysore Iron and Steel Works.
  • In 1917, Sir MV founded the Government Engineering College, now known as University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.
  • M Visvesvaraya was a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
  • Sir MV was also a member of the Governing Council of Tata Iron and Steel Company.
  • As a fine engineer and statesman, M Visvesvaraya was made part of a committee constituted in 1917 to advise on the future of Indian States.
  • M Visvesvaraya was the architect of the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, one of the biggest dams in India.
  • In 1955, M Visvesvaraya was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna for his immense contribution to the development of the country.

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