Engineer’s day is a day observed to appreciate the contribution of the engineers in the development of the nation, economy and society. Every country celebrates Engineer’s Day on different dates. India celebrates it on 15th of September every year to give recognition of the engineers of the nation. But why this date is chosen for this day has a reason. The 15 September is the birth date of M. Visvesvaraya. He was born on 15 September 1861 in a village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He was known as pre-eminent engineer of India. He was an Indian scholar, engineer, statesman and also served as Diwan of Mysore. Not only India, even other countries recognised his contributions and rewarded him. For his contributions to public, he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V in 1915. His complete name is Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
Some of his work include the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara dam where he worked as chief engineer in Mandya district and the flood protection for Hyderabad city where also he worked as chief engineer.
In his respect, India observes Engineer’s day on 15 September of every year. He was awarded with the Bharat Ratna in 1955 and later a fellowship from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. M. Visvesvaraya even became a member of the London Institution of Civil Engineers and had numerous universities, including Visvesvaraya Technological University in Belagavi, named after him.
There is a metro station in Delhi metro which is named after this legend. The station is on pink line of the Delhi metro named as Sir Vissvesvaraya Moti Bagh metro station.
Such an eminent engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya breathed his last in 1962, leaving India and the world with his beneficial contributions. His memorial stands at Muddenahalli, which is managed by the Visvesvaraya National Memorial Trust
When is the engineer’s day celebrated around the world?
Engineer’s Day is celebrated in most nations across the world. Russia celebrates it on December 22, Argentina on June 16, Bangladesh on May 7, Brazil on December 11, Columbia on August 17, Chile on May 14, Mexico on July 1 and Italy on June 15.