The *Engineer that I knew - Bharath Ratna Sir. M. Visvesvaraya.
*A person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems.
M Visvesvaraya was born on 15 September 1861 to a Kannada speaking Brahmin family in Muddenahalli village, in the princely state of Mysore.
After losing his father at the age of 12, Visvesvaraya had to endure a lot of hardship to continue his academics.
Some people say Sir MV would walk for over 60kms to attend United Mission School, in Bengaluru and would also sit under the street lamps to study at night.
Besides being a world-renowned civil engineer, M Visvesvaraya was the 19th Diwan of Mysore, who served between 1912 and 1918.
He was appointed as the Chief Engineer of Mysore State in 1909.
Visvesvaraya won people’s attention when he designed a flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.
He was instrumental in developing a system to protect Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.
M Visvesvaraya received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest honor, in 1955.
He was called the “Father of Modern Mysore State”.
He was awarded several honorary doctoral degrees including from eight universities in India.
The common people who were far removed from political aims and aspirations greeted the new Diwan with enthusiasm. Their joy reflected, as it were, the dawn of a new era. This was evident, in an eye-arresting manner, in the Mysore Representative Assembly, which Sir MV held one of the Representatives stood up, “Swami, we know you from your childhood days. Thanks to your birth, the Chickaballapur town has attained fulfillment for existing in this world.
Belief In Equality
It was the time when British officers were given highest esteem in the Mysore Kingdom and they were provided with comfortable chairs at the Mysore Durbars during Dasara whereas the Indian ministers were asked to stand or either sit on the floor. Visvesvaraya was totally against this and because of this bifurcation he stopped going to Durbars. After repeated incidents like this, the government decided to allot chairs for Indians as well.
Once a British officer wrote him a letter to arrange comfortable cushions at the Durbars to rest their feet as the height of chairs were pretty big. Visvesvaraya replied to the letter saying “The height of the chair has been reduced” He never encouraged bossism and discrimination or treating Indians ill. He brought in some changes in the government offices to treat people equal and nice.
He was surely a man of great deeds, ethics, and values. He dedicated his life to the development of modern India and is considered an eminent engineer and will always remain the Bharat Ratna.
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.
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