15 September - Engineers’ Day 2019
It is to honour Sir MV's achievements and contribution towards the country India celebrates Engineer's Day on his birthday, 15 September.
The Engineering Community crosswise over India observes Engineers Day on 15 September every year as a tribute to the best Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Year 2019 will mark the 51st anniversary of the Engineers Day in India and the 158th birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya. This present year, this day will be celebrated on 15 September, Sunday.
Engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Sir, born on 15 September 1861, in Muddenahalli near Chikkaballapur. He went on to become India’s most productive civil engineer, dam builder, economist, statesman and can be considered as a real part of the last century’s leading nation-builder.
Engineering Day 2019 Theme
This year, the theme ‘Engineering for Change’ is chosen for Engineer’s Day 2019 celebrations to address all these aspects.
Why Do We Celebrate Engineers’ Day?
Engineers’ day is commended for the extraordinary works of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya towards the advancement of various different places which are the most urbanized cities of today’s India. Sir MV is a global hero, renowned for his mastermind in harnessing water resources; he had effectively structured and developed several river dams, bridges and revolutionized the irrigation system in India by implementing irrigation and drinking water system all over India.
History about Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
The Bharat Ratna awardee, Visvesvaraya was born on September 15, 1861, in a village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He studied Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Madras and pursued civil engineering at the College of Science located in Pune.
He later patented and installed an irrigation system with water floodgates at the Khadakvasla reservoir near Pune to raise the food supply level and storage to the most astounding levels. This was also installed at Gwalior’s Tigra Dam and Mysuru’s Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam, the latter of which created one of the largest reservoirs in Asia at the time.
While serving as the Diwan of Mysore, he was awarded ‘Knight’ in 1915 as a commander of the British Indian Empire by King George V. He received the Bharat Ratna in 1955, became a member of the London Institution of Civil Engineers before he was awarded a fellowship by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore.
The eminent engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya passed away in 1962.
How Engineers’ Day is Celebrated
Different cities have different procedures for commemorating Engineer’s Day. Engineering is a vast field with various different specializations such as electrical, technical, computer, mechanical, etc and thus different departments call for celebration in a different style. The celebration methods may also vary from organization to organization. While government organizations pursue the annual theme for the Engineers’ day, while the private companies may either follow the theme or may decide their own theme.