National Engineers Day is annually observed across India on September 15th to mark the birth anniversary of eminent Engineer, Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.
The day commemorates the achievements of engineers and encourages them for improvement and innovation.
Sri Lanka and Tanzania also celebrates Engineers day to honour Sir M Visvesvaraya’s innovations.
- The 15th September 2021 marks the observance of the 54th National Engineers Day.
- The National Engineers day 2021 marks the 160th birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born on 15th September 1861 in Muddenahalli village, Karnataka.
i.The government of India declared the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya as National Engineers day.
ii.The first-ever National Engineers Day was observed on 15th September 1968.
i.The Institution of Engineers (India), (IEI) has organised a central webinar as a part of National Engineering day.
ii.The theme of the central webinar is “Engineering for Skill Development & Employment in combating COVID-19”.
About Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya:
i.Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya has made significant contributions in the field of engineering, which includes, Block systems, in irrigation in Deccan canals, Irrigation systems with water floodgates at Khadakwasla reservoir, Gwalior and Krishnaraja Sagar Dam.
ii.He was popularly known as the ‘Father of Modern Mysore’ because of his contributions to society. He served as the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918 and founded the Mysore Soap Factory, Bangalore Agricultural University and State Bank of Mysore.
i.The government of India honoured him with India’s highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1955.
ii.King George V knighted him as a knight commander of the British Indian Empire(KCIE).
About The Institution of Engineers (India), (IEI):
President– Er Narendra Singh
Secretary & Director General– Maj Gen Mohan Jeet Singh Syali
Headquarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
Established in 1920