September 15, 2020 8:00:59 am
The nation celebrates Engineer’s Day on September 15 to understand the contributions of eminent engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born on September 15, 1861 in a village known as Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He had studied Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the College of Madras and pursued civil engineering on the Faculty of Science in Pune.
Visvesvaraya’s career spanned over 34 years together with his first job as an assistant engineer within the Public Works Division of the Authorities of Bombay. He later joined the Mysore service as chief engineer and had contributed to a number of technical tasks in Hyderabad, Mysore, Maharashtra and Odisha.
Amongst a few of his contributions embody the block system of irrigation within the Deccan canals in 1899, irrigation system with water floodgates on the Khadakvasla reservoir. The irrigation system was later put in at Gwalior’s Tigra Dam and Mysuru’s Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam, the latter of which created one of many largest reservoirs in Asia on the time.
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He took voluntary retirement from state service in 1918, over his disagreement with the proposal to put aside state jobs for the “non-brahmin” group.
Aside from his contributions within the area of engineering, he was additionally known as the “precursor of economic planning in India”, in accordance with the Establishment of Engineers India (IEI). His books, “Reconstructing India” and “Planned Economy of India” had been printed in 1920 and 1934, respectively. He was awarded knight in 1915 whereas serving because the Diwan of Mysore, and obtained Bharat Ratna in 1955.
The eminent engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya breathed his final in 1962.
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