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Friday, 14 September 2012

Engineers Day

"Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change… Engineers operate at the interface between science and society"...                               ~~~~Dean Gordon Brown

When and why do we celebrate Engineer's Day?

September 15 is celebrated every year in India as Engineer's Day to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861-1962)

Internationally recognised for his genius in harnessing water resources, he was responsible for successful design and construction of several river dams, bridges and implementing irrigation and drinking water schemes all over India. 
He served as the dewan of Mysore State and was considered to be the architect of the all-round development of Karnataka.
Among his most successful projects are the design and construction of the K.R. Sagar dam and its adjoining Brindavan Gardens, turn-around of the Bhadravati Iron and Steel Works, setting up of the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory and the founding of the Bank of Mysore

He is known to be the greatest engineers of all times, who with his vision and dedication in the field of engineering made some exceptional contributions to India. Owing to his contribution he was honored with the highest state award of India, the “The Bharat Ratna”, in the year 1955. Some of the contributions of Sir VM are:

As an Engineer par excellence:
  • He was the chief engineer during the construction of Krishna sager dam on the Cauvery River.
  • Many dams built by him in Bombay are still functional even till today.
  • The Sri Jayachamaraja Polytechnic Institute of Bangalore was started on the  recommendation of Sir Visvesvaraya.
  • The Block System was invented by him, which was a system of automated doors that closed in the conditions of overflow.
  • Krishnarajasagara Dam built by his help, is still praised by everybody witnessing it.
  • Mysore University, which is a matter of great proud for the people of Mysore, was established because of his will and conviction.
As a Person:

What was achieved by Sir Visvesvaraya, was not as easy as it seemed, as it required strict discipline from his side.
  • Punctuality: He was very famous for his punctuality, it's said He was never late even by a minute and expected his people also to realize the importance of tim 
  • Perfect Clothing: Every person having met Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, proudly remembers his neat and fine clothing.
  • Perfectionist: There are many examples to show that even a little task that he took up, was always completed to perfection. Even if it was to deliver a speech, he would think in advance, write and rehearse it number of times.
  • Fitness: Even at the age of 92, he was never dependent on comforts; he would not only walk by himself, but, take full participation in all proceedings.
  • Dedication to work: Nothing was able to deter Sir, from his commitment to good work; his work was his worship.
  • Courageous: Many of the projects completed by him that India stands proud of today, would not have existed if it was not his will and conviction.
  • Fearless Patriot: When it came to India, even high perks given to Sir by the British Government were not enough for him; he opposed everything and anything that was against the favor of his nation
Have you ever stopped to think what would be your life without engineers????

Life Without Aeronautical Engineers
 Life Without Civil Engineers
 Life Without Communication Engineers
 Life Without Computer Engineers
 Life Without Mechanical Engineers
Life Without Electronics Engineers


"The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them into the service of man … To make contributions of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality". 
                           ~ Sir Eric Ashby

He once said:
"Remember, your work may be only to sweep a railway crossing, but it is your duty to keep it so clean that no other crossing in the world is as clean as yours."

The man lived for 102 years, with one advice to all-
"Industrialise or Perish"

Happy Engineers Day to all my Engineer readers and lurkers....

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