Engineer's Day 2019: Sir MV was awarded nation's highest honour, Bharat Ratna, in 1955.
September 15 is celebrated as Engineer's Day in India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania in memory of Bharat Ratna recipient and engineering pioneer of India Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, popularly known as Sir MV. A civil engineer and statesman, Mr Visvesvaraya was born on this day in 1861 in Muddenahalli village (in present day Karnataka).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter today to pay his tribute to "exemplary engineer" Sir M Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary and said "engineers are synonymous with diligence and determination."
Sir MV was awarded nation's highest honour, Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara dam in North-West suburb of Mysuru city and chief engineer of flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad. He was also awarded several honorary degrees from eight universities in India.
Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal also took to Twitter to remember Mr Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary and wish people on Engineer's Day. "His contribution is a great source of inspiration for all," he wrote.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alo paid homage to Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary. "Homage to famous engineer and Bharat Ratna recipient M Visvesvaraya. His birthday is celebrated as #EngineersDay . My best wishes to all engineers on this day," she wrote on Twitter.
Business tycoon and chairman of Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra also took to Twitter to cheer for engineers on this day by sharing a small video as a tribute. "Interesting that Engineer's Day is being celebrated on a Sunday. I guess the brains of Engineers truly are at work even on holidays!" he said.
He shared a video showing a little girl building a car race track from scratch all by herself. "At Mahindra, we celebrate all our past and present engineers, and as this film shows, we are cheering on all our future engineers as well!" he wrote.
During November 1909, M Visvesvaraya was appointed as Chief Engineer of Mysore State. During 1912, he was appointed as diwan (second minister) of princely state of Mysore. He was diwan for seven years. Mr Visvesvaraya was instrumental in the founding of the Government Engineering College at Bangalore in 1917, one of the first engineering institutes in India.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawan was among those who paid his tributes to Mr Visvesvaraya on Engineer's Day. "My sincere tributes to Bharat Ratna Shri Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya ji on his birth anniversary. On this Engineers Day, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all Engineers who play a vital role in nation building," he wrote on Twitter.
The official Twitter handle of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also paid tributes to M Visvesvaraya on his 158th birth anniversary on behalf of the party.
Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan credited the creative changes in India to the engineers of the nation while wishing everyone on M Visvesvaraya's birth anniversary.