September 15th, the day has not only been recorded as the International Day of Democracy but also observed as Engineers’ Day in India. Engineers’ Day is celebrated in honour of the great Indian Civil Engineer, Sir M Visvesvaraya. The history of Engineers’ day throws back to 1968 when the Indian government pronounced that Sir M Visvesvaraya’s birth anniversary as Engineers’ Day. Ever since the announcement, September 15th is celebrated as Engineers’ day which is actually in honour of the greatest of greatest Civil Engineer, Sir M Visvesvaraya. Not to mention, Today is the 160th Birthday of the ancient nation-builder.
People may create memes and post quotes related to Engineering. However, they may fail to recognize the history behind this Engineers’ Day. Bharat RatnaMokshagundam Visvesvaraya was born in a rural area, Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Still, wondering why he has been celebrated? Well, he played a pivotal role in constructing dams, reservoirs, and hydro-power projects paving their way to Modern India. The contributions made by the greatest ancient Engineer were huge when it comes to the development of modern India.
More to the awe-inspiring actions, the Bharat Ratna awarded Engineer was requested to design a drainage system by the then Nizam of Hyderabad. This was due to the outburst of raging floods in 1908 to safeguard the city from the effects of the flood. So, the legend worked forward in storage reservoir construction. He also constructed a sewage farm on the outer area of the city to avert Hyderabad’s Musi River’s pollution. Didn’t he the greatest national builder?
Sir M Visvesvaraya, the pre-eminent figure, rightly been honoured with Engineers’ Day. Since he contributed much to the construction area, the Engineer should be taken as a role model by the budding engineers of the world. To all the striving-hard engineers of the nation, Happy Engineers’ Day 2021!