To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money” – Sir Mogshagundam Vishvewaraya
Sir Mogshagundam Vishvewaraya or Sir MV as many would have learnt about him was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. Considered one of the most influential engineers in the history of contemporary India, we celebrate Engineer’s Day today—his birthday—as a tribute to his life and work.
Some of his notable achievements include his implementation of an extremely intricate system of irrigation in the Deccan area. His design of a system of automatic weir water floodgates that were first installed in 1903 at the Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune; models later replicated across projects in the country. He also designed a flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad and was instrumental in developing a system to protect Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion, besides his project on the water supply and drainage system in Aden.
Called the “Father of modern Mysore state”, he was awarded Bharat Ratna for his relentless work in the fields of engineering and education in 1955. He received honorary membership of London Institution of Civil Engineers for an unbroken period of 50 years and was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good.
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