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Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya

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The Engineering Community across India celebrates Engineers Day on 15 September every year as a tribute to the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya KCIE, FASc is popularly known as Sir MV was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman, and the \({19}^{th}\) Diwan of Mysore, who served from 1912 to 1919. He received India’s highest honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955.


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Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya – Personal Information
Real Name Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Nick Name Sir MV
Born on September 15, 1861(Sunday)
Birth Place Muddenahalli village in the Kolar district of Karnataka
Father Name Srinivasa Sastry
Mother Name Venkata Lakshmamma
Age at the time of death 100 Years, 6 Months, 27 Days
Death Place Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Death Date April 12, 1962
Nationality Indian


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Sir – Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya – Education
Early education in Chikkaballapur and higher education in Bangalore.
First rank in the matriculation exam in Mysore state.
Completed his B.A from Central College Bangalore
Joined the science college in Poona to study engineering
Secured first in L.C.E and F.C.E examination in 1883


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Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya – Career
Joined the PWD of Bombay Presidency as Assistant Engineer
Built a system to supply drinking water at Aden, Egypt
Built dams for Moosi and Iyasi rivers near Hyderabad, to protect the city from floods
Became Chief Engineer of Mysore state, then ruled by krishnaraja Wodeyar IV( 1902 -40)
Built automatic floodgates for Khadakvasla reservoir, nera Poona


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Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya – Awards
Year Name of the Award
1904 Honorary Membership of London Institution of Civil Engineers for an unbroken period of 50 years
1906 “Kaisar-i-Hind” in recognition of his services
1911 C.I.E. (Companion of the Indian Empire) at the Delhi Darbar
1915 K.C.I.E. (Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
1921 D.Sc. – Calcutta University
1931 LLD – Bombay University
1937 D.Litt – Benaras Hindu University
1943 Elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Institution of Engineers (India)
1944 D.Sc. – Allahabad University
1948 Doctorate – LLD., Mysore University
1953 D.Litt – Andhra University
1953 Awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Town Planners, India
1955 Conferred ‘ BHARATHA RATNA’
1958 ‘Durga Prasad Khaitan Memorial Gold Medal’ by the Royal Asiatic Society Council of Bengal
1959 Fellowship of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore



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