September 15th is marked as Engineer's Day to celebrate the birthday of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Visvesvaraya, popularly known as Sir MV, was an Indian civil engineer and reputed statesman. He was also the 19th Diwan of Mysore, MV, was the Chief Engineer of Krishna Raja Sagara dam in the north-west suburb of Mysuru city. M Visvesvaraya was born in 1861 at Chikkaballapur, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. After completing his undergraduate degree in Arts, M Visvesvaraya changed track and went for a degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering in Pune. Visvesvaraya is remembered till date for his contribution as one of the Chief Engineers of the flood protection system designed for the city of Hyderabad. He received India's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. According to Indian Express, Sir MV was an expert in irrigation techniques and flood disaster management. In 1903, He designed and constructed automatic gates patented by him at Lake Fife Storage Reservoir; introduced new system of irrigation known as "Block System" Sir MV's birthday, 15 September, is celebrated as Engineer's Day not only in India, but also in Sri Lanka and Tanzania, in his memory.
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