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Sir M Visvesvaraya-India’s Engineer and Statesman

Sir M Visvesvaraya-India’s Engineer and Statesman

September 15th, 2018

If one has to list some of the most influential engineers from the history of contemporary India, Sir M Visvesvaraya would undoubtedly be on the top of the list. It is a popular misconception that Sir M Vishweshwaraiah was instrumental in developing only Karnataka (erstwhile Mysore State). His engineering works & contribution towards nation-building was spread across the nation throughout his career spanning over 30 years as engineer, 20 years as administrator & 20 years as adviser & statesman.


Engineering legend Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was honoured by Google on his 157th birthday with its 'Doodle' as India celebrates Engineers' Day on Saturday (September 15) as a tribute to the Bharat Ratna.

Sir M Visvesvaraya-India’s Engineer and Statesman

The Google Doodle comes days after Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu spoke about the civil engineer and said that history lessons should focus on "historical figures and social reformers" like him, and not British rulers who "looted" the nation and "our mind".

Sir M Visvesvaraya-India’s Engineer and Statesman

The vice president also spoke about search engine Google and said that despite technology making rapid inroads into the education sector, it cannot replace 'gurus' or teachers. He said that children, who often find solutions to their queries on Google, should also apply their mind as "Google can never replace guru".

Sir M Visvesvaraya-India’s Engineer and Statesman

The dams we see today across India is due to the prolific engineer, M Visvesvaraya, who is known the world over for his contribution to harnessing water resources. He is also credited with inventing the Block System — automated doors that close in the conditions of overflow.

Here’s a look at some of the tweets in the honour of “dam builder”