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Engineer’s Day – 15 September

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Today, we celebrate Engineer’s Day in India. This day is celebrated to honour engineers’ importance and contribution to society.

Who or what is an engineer?

An engineer is a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines.  Engineers construct, design and operate many different engines and structures – from roads and bridges to robots and spacecraft.

Engineers play a very important role in the development of a country and its people.

World Engineering Day is celebrated on 4 March. However, India celebrates Engineer’s Day on 15 September to honour Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya.

Who was Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya?

More commonly known as Sir MV, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was an Indian civil engineer and statesman. He was born on 15 September 1860. A civil engineer designs, constructs and maintains public structures such as roads, bridges, and power plants.

Sir MV is considered to be one of India’s greatest engineers. He built many dams and water systems. They not only helped in farming but also saved a large number of people from floods.

He was the chief engineer of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysuru. He also invented the ‘Block System’ in which dam gates close automatically in case of water overflow.

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