Sri M. Visvesvaraya

Today, 15th Sep is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India. This is in memory of one of the greatest Engineer modern India has produced – Sri M. Visvesvaraya, who has been recipient of highest civilian award Bharata Ratna and also was knighted by the then British empire*

One of his design was a patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates, which was first installed in Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune. Based on the success of this design, later the same system was installed at the Tigra Dam in Gwalior and KRS Dam in Mysore.

Simplified model of the flood gate system


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.

-Sri M. Visvesvaraya





Foot note: *Jokingly, I say, English butchered Sri into Sir. The Sanskrit sound of Sri is the recognition of the universal spirit in all and is the most respectful way of addressing someone before using their given name.


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