National Engineer’s Day
The National Engineer’s Day is celebrated on September 15 to mark the birth anniversary of eminent engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya not only in India but also in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
The birth anniversary of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, one of India's greatest engineers is celebrated every year as Engineer's Day. Popularly called 'Sir MV', he was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955 for his immense contribution to India's early infrastructure development, education and social welfare. M Visvesvaraya was born in 1861 at Chikkaballapur, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Both his parents were well-known Sanskrit scholars. M Visvesvaraya did his primary education in his hometown but later moved to Bengaluru for higher education. After completing his undergraduate degree in Arts, M Visvesvaraya changed track and went for a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering in Pune.
Sir Visvesvaraya is widely known for solving irrigation-related problems in India. Some of his significant works include the irrigation system in the Deccan canals, inventing automatic gates meant to regulate the flow of water in reservoirs.
India also is home to Elattuvalapil Sreedharan — commonly known as ‘Metro Man’, Vinod Dham who is known as ‘Father of the Pentium Chip’, and many other geniuses in the field of engineering. And many more follow their footsteps till now. As per AISHE 2019 report, over 30 lakh students study engineering or related subjects in India. In recently concluded the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main results, over 10 lakh students had participated this year.