Engineer’s Day is celebrated on September 15 in India as a tribute to the greatest Indian engineer and to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mokshagundam Visvesvaray, popularly known as Sir MV. He was a prolific civil engineer, scholar, educationist, economist and statesman of the 20th century. The day is observed to commemorate the great work of engineers, and to encourage and thank those engineers who are committed to improving our respective cities and countries.
On the occasion of his 159th birthday, we bring you the meaning and history of the commemoration. From 1912 to 1918, when Visvesvaraya was Diwan of Mysore, his work transformed this place into a “model state”.
Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1861, in a village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He studied Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the University of Madras and pursued civil engineering at the College of Science in Pune.
Visvesvaraya was the chief engineer for the construction of the biggest Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysore in Asia at that time. In 1909, when Hyderabad was in danger of getting flooded, Visvesvaraya who was the special consultant engineer, used his creative engineering work to rescue Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.
Because of his work, he was called the ‘Father of Modern Mysore’. Visvesvaraya invented the block system, closed the water overflows and designed and patented the floodgates installed at the Khadakwasla reservoir in Pune in 1903.
Visvesvaraya established the Government Engineering College in Bengaluru in 1917 and was later named University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in his honour.
For his contribution to the building of India, the government awarded him ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1955.
He was also awarded the British knighthood by King George V, ‘Sir’ before his name. The famous engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya passed away in 1962.
Quotes for Engineer’s Day
“As engineers, we are going to be in a position to change the world- not just study it”- Henry Petroski, American engineer and author
“This job is a great scientific adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure”- Fabiola Gianotti, Higgs Boson physicist
“Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world”- Isaac Asimov, American writer, professor of biochemistry
“The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history”- James Kip Finch, American engineer and educator
“The ideal engineer is a composite…He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer; but he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems”- Nathan W. Dougherty, American civil engineer
“The way to succeed is to double your failure”- Thomas J. Watson, Pioneer in the field of computing equipment for IBM
Engineers’ Day Wishes
- Happy Engineer’s Day to all the Engineers. We salute your great ideas and innovations that have truly changed our lives.
- Engineers are person who discover world by their brain and pen, Happy Engineer’s Day
- You are the one who can create anything with your brains and creativity because you are an Engineer, Wishing you a very Happy Engineer’s Day
- Without Engineers in our lives, it would have been a completely different world to live..Warm wishes on Engineer’s Day and a big thankyou for giving us all these inventions.
- On the occasion of Engineer’s Day, we wish to thank the creative, intelligent and amazing engineer in you who is constantly working hard to give us something new