Engineers’ Day- Know How and Why it is Celebrated
Every year, India creates almost 15 lakh engineers in different fields including civil engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering just to name a few out of many. Engineers once built, go on to add their contribution to the nation’s growth and development. Well, such tremendous contribution and endeavours of all the engineers of India are worth applauding. And that’s why the nation celebrates Engineers’ Day on 15th September every year. To know more about the significance and history of this day, read the blog further.
Why India chose 15th September only to celebrate Engineers’ Day?
Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the renowned civil engineer of India and the 19th Diwan of Mysore was born on 15th September 1861. He is known as the very first engineer of the country and made remarkable contributions to the nation’s development including the development of a flood protection system for Hyderabad, designing of road construction plan between Tirupati and Tirumala, founded the Mysore Soap Factory, commissioned different railway lines in Mysore and much more. He also planned the Indian Economy in the year 1934 and have been awarded The Bharat Ratna. The words might fall short of describing his greatest achievements and to pay a tribute to this nation-builder, India chose 15th September, his birth date, to celebrate Engineers’ Day.
About the life of Sir M. Visvesvaraya
Sir M. Visvesvaraya was born on 15th September 1860 in a Telugu Brahmin family in Karnataka. He was a bright student since his childhood and used to outshine others wherever he went. He did his graduation in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Madras and later went on to pursue Civil Engineering from the College of Science in Pune. Witnessing his talent and extraordinary skills, he was immediately appointed as Assistant Engineer in Bombay in the year 1885 and later as Executive Engineer in Surat in the year 1896. He also visited Japan and China to make his contributions and also served as Consulting Engineer to the Nizam of Hyderabad, which in itself is the biggest accomplishment. To add on, he was one of the prominent members of the Board of Directors of Tata Steel from the year 1947 to 1955. The day that marks his lifetime achievement was the one when he received the title, Sir, from King George V of Great Britain in the year 1915. Well, these are just a few out of innumerable achievements of Sir M. Visvesvaraya. There are many more.
How is Engineers’ Day celebrated?
This day is celebrated in different ways including organising the events and functions to honour engineers with awards, by showing gratitude to the engineers of the nation, by conducting various events and conferences for the purpose of education and awareness of the engineering field and etc.
So, now when you know why and how Engineers’ Day is celebrated, do your part for the nation’s growth and celebrate this day with vigour. And wishing all the best to all those students who are aspiring to be future engineers. Happy Engineers’ Day to all!