M. Visvesvaraya Biography, Height, Weight, Age, Career & Achievements
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya popularly known as Sir MV was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman, and the 19th Diwan of Mysore, who served from 1912 to 1918. He was born on 15 September 1861 and died on 12 April 1962 at the age of 100.
He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good. Every Year 15 September is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India in his memory.As a student he was poverty stricken, and earned his livelihood by tutoring smaller kids he eventually became an engineer and went on to play a important role in designing the flood protection system in Hyderabad.
M. Visvesvaraya Biography/ Personal Information
|Real Name||Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya|
|Date of Birth || 15 September 1861|
|Place of Birth||Mysore (now Karnataka), British India|
|Date of Death||12 April 1962, Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Age(when Died)||100 years|
|College/University||Central College, Bangalore-B.A|
College of Engineering, Pune-Licenciate in Civil Engineering
|Educational Qualification||Diploma in Civil Engineering|
M. Visvesvaraya Family & Relatives
|Marital Status||Not Known|
|Marriage Date||Not Known|
|Father||Mokshagundam Srinivasa Sastry (School Teacher)|
M. Visvesvaraya Career
M. Visvesvaraya started a job with the PWD of Bombay and later was invited to join the Indian Irrigation Commission.
He designed and patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates that were first installed in 1903 at Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune. These gates were employed to raise flood supply level of storage in reservoir to the highest level likely to be attained without causing any damage to the dam.
Visvesvaraya achieved celebrity status when he designed a flood protection system for city of Hyderabad
He was called “Father of Modern Mysore State”.
He was responsible for founding of (under the patronage of the Mysore government) Mysore Soap Factory, Parasitoid Laboratory, Mysore Iron & Steel Works.
After opting for voluntary retirement in 1908, he took a foreign tour to study industrialised nations
He worked for the Nizam of Hyderabad, India.
Awards and Honours Of M. Visvesvaraya
1915-Appointed as Diwan of Mysore.
1955-Awarded the nation’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna.
He was awarded several honorary doctoral degrees including D.Sc., LL.D., D.Litt. from eight universities in India.
College of Engineering, Pune, his alma mater, has erected a statue in his honour.
The Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore is named in his honour.
Two metro stations in India, is named after him, one in Bengaluru on the Purple Line (Sir M. Visvesvaraya Station, Central College), and another one in Delhi on the Pink Line (Sir Vishveshwaraiah Moti Bagh).
Lesser Known Fact about M. Visvesvaraya
Visvesvaraya lost his father at the age of 12.
He received his Civil Engineering degree from College of Engineering, Pune, where his statue is erected in honour to him.
He was called “Father of Modern Mysore State” (now Karnataka).
He was known for sincerity, time management, and dedication, Bangalore Press and Bank of Mysore were established during his tenure.
15 September each year is celebrated as Engineers Day in honour of M. Visvesvaraya.
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