Engineer’s Day, celebrating M. Visvesvaraya’s birthday

World moves on through inventions, innovations and creations. Since the invention wheel then, till the manufacture of Bugatti Veyron now, every single aspect of life involved and involves engineering. Definition keeps changing, but the meaning remains the same.

Being an engineering student, assignments, projects, deadlines, all night works, viva and tons of other lookouts strike my mind as soon as I think about my studies. But how can I ever misinterpret engineering with just all these things? Because it’s after all about the passion of being creative, the feel of making a difference, the joy of solving problems, the dream of building something that has never been built.

Neither it is just about carrying an ‘Engineer’s tag, for the sake of being called one or just bragging about being one. Nor it’s about just getting a degree and sticking to the never changing job and a monotonous life.  It’s about living new every day, creating magic with your concepts and then naming it as your ‘job’. It’s about loving what you do and doing what you love. Engineering allows you to do things that you never thought you would. It involves communication, leadership, empathy, understanding of people, your context and a lot more that grooms you in the best possible manner.

India has been witnessing many such honorable people who dedicated their life for making a difference and contributing to the society through their innovations. One of them was Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya a recipient of India’s highest honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955 and a truly marvelous engineer, who gave his best for the welfare and betterment of his country through his knowledge.

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He was the chief designer of the flood protection system designed and built for the city of Hyderabad, as well as the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore which created the largest reservoir in Asia at that time. He was responsible for successful design and construction of several river dams, bridges and implementing irrigation and drinking water schemes all over India. In his honor, 15th Sept (the day of his birth) is observed as the ‘Engineer’s Day’ in our country.

Cheers to all Engineers! Lets keep innovating! Happy Engineer’s Day! :)