Engineer’s Day 2021: In India, we celebrate 15 September as Engineer’s Day or Engineers Day. On this day, the great Indian engineer and Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya were born. M Visvesvaraya was one of the great engineers of India, and he contributed to making India more modern.
Engineer’s day was declared in 1968 by the govt of India:
The government of India declared the birthday of M Visvesvaraya as Engineer’s day in 1968. Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September 1860 in the Kolar district of Mysore (Karnataka). Under the direction of Dr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, many dams were built in the country, which includes the Krishnaraj Sagar dam in Mysore, Khadakvasla reservoir dam in Pune, and Tigra dam in Gwalior. Apart from this, the credit for the design of Hyderabad city goes to Dr. Visvesvaraya. He developed a flood protection system. He also made a plan for the protection of Vishakhapatnam port from sea erosion.
Engineer’s day is celebrated in memory of M Visvesvaraya:
M Visvesvaraya is also called the father of modern Mysore State. He established several factories and educational institutions in association with the Government of Mysore, notably the Mysore Soap Factory, Mysore Iron and Steel Factory, State Bank of Mysore, Mysore Chambers of Commerce, and Visvesvaraya College of Engineering.
Some of the honors conferred on Sir M.V.,
|1904||Honorary Membership of London Institution of Civil Engineers for an unbroken period of 50 years|
|1906||“Kaisar-i-Hind” in recognition of his services|
|1911||C.I.E. (Companion of the Indian Empire) at the Delhi Darbar|
|1915||K.C.I.E. (Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire)|
|1921||D.Sc. – Calcutta University|
|1931||LLD – Bombay Univer|
|1937||D.Litt – Benaras Hindu University (BHU)|
|1943||Elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Institution of Engineers (India)|
|1944||D.Sc. – Allahabad University|
|1948||Doctorate – LLD., Mysore University|
|1953||D.Litt – Andhra University|
|1953||Awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Town Planners, India|
|1955||Conferred ‘Bharat Ratna‘ (The gem of India), the highest distinction of the country|
|1958||D.Sc. Jadavpur University Calcutta|
|1958||‘Durga Prasad Khaitan Memorial Gold Medal’ by the Royal Asiatic Society Council of Bengal|
|1959||Fellowship of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore|
Other countries of the world also celebrate Engineer’s Day:
Engineer’s Day is celebrated not only in India but also in many other countries. In Argentina, it is celebrated on 16 June, 7 May in Bangladesh, 15 June in Italy, 5 December in Turkey, 24 February in Iran, 20 March in Belgium, and 14 September in Romania. The purpose behind this is to encourage engineers from all over the world and help the country and the world to take it further with the help of technology.