The word ‘engineer’ is derived from the Latin words ‘engineiare’ (meaning ‘to make or produce’) and ‘Ingenium’ (meaning ‘clever’). An engineer usually requires a basic four-year bachelor’s degree in any of several engineering disciplines. Engineer’s Day is celebrated every year to mark and appreciate the contribution of engineers to the development of the country and the whole world. Evolution started with engineers but on the contrary, we have forgotten the person by whose grace the human race was created and the whole universe came into existence.
This year marks the 161st anniversary of the birth of M Visvesvaraya. He was born on September 15, 1861, in Muddenahalli village, Karnataka. Visvesvaraya, a teacher, economist, scholar of the twentieth century, and prolific civil engineer, made significant contributions to the field of engineering. The day is celebrated to celebrate the great work of engineers and encourage them to improve and innovate. Engineer’s Day is celebrated to pay tribute to Bharat Ratna Visvesvaraya, who was considered the ‘Father of Modern Mysore’. His thoughts, approach, and way of thinking are admired by many even today. The nation celebrates the day in his honor by remembering the mastermind with his many works.
Visvesvaraya began his career as an Assistant Engineer in the Public Works Department of the Government of Bombay and contributed significantly to several technical projects in Mysore, Hyderabad, Odisha, and Maharashtra.
Visvesvaraya designed and employed automatic barrier water floodgates in 1903. These well-designed floodgates were also called block systems. It has automatic doors that can automatically close when water overflows. Also, it was first planted in the Khadakwasla reservoir in Pune.
When Hyderabad was badly affected during the floods in 1908, the then Nizam requested Visvesvaraya to help him prepare a drainage system to save the city from flooding again. Then he came up with the construction of storage reservoirs for the city. Visvesvaraya also built a sewage farm outside Hyderabad to prevent pollution of the Musi river, which was well designed and appreciated by all.
On Engineers Day, the country dedicates this day to the engineers of India and the world. On this day, the nation remembers Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, the Ratna of Bharat and a great engineer and statesman during the British India period. Sir Visvesvaraya has always dedicated himself to the development of the nation and that is why the nation remembers this great Indian national hero on this day as his contribution to taking this country to great heights has been immense. National Engineers Day reminds us of the instrumental designs and structures that have made our world functional and smooth. Some of the most famous engineers of India who are also remembered on National Engineer’s Day include A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, E. Sreedharan, Narayana Murthy, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Verghese Kurien, and Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda.
Major Contribution of M Visvesvaraya
Received a Bharat Ratna in 1965 as the highest civilian award.
As Chief Engineer, Visvesvaraya built the famous Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in Mysore.
Visvesvaraya made major reforms in the fields of education, banking, agriculture, commerce, industrialization, and irrigation. He was a well-known pioneer of India’s economic planning
Visvesvaraya is known for his flood disaster management skills and excellent irrigation techniques. In 1903, he designed and patented automatic barrier water floodgates.
In view of his immense contribution to the country, the Government of India declared Visvesvaraya’s birth anniversary Engineer’s Day in 1968. Since then, this day is celebrated to acknowledge and honor all the engineers of the country who have contributed and are still working towards a modern and developed India. So, this National Engineers Day, wish and honor the Engineer you know a happy engineers day with Bakingo cakes.
Dedicate the day to the work they’ve been doing and contribute to society with their hard work. Every Engineer deserves honor and recognition. So, do it your way or send a special cake for them from Bakingo and let us be a part of the celebration.