Today’s Google Doodle is about celebrating what is known as Engineers Day in India, in the honor of Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya’s birthday. Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya, who is popularly known as Sir MV was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman, and the 19th Diwan of Mysore. He received the Bharat Ratna, in 1955, which is the highest civilian honor. He was also knighted as a Knight Commander of the British India Empire by King George V for his contributions towards the public good.
His most significant contribution includes the overseeing of the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam, which happened to be the largest reservoir in India at the time and helped in providing drinking water to several cities. He is also famous for the innovation and design of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad as well as the irrigation plans for Visakhapatnam.
Google states on its doodle blog, “Sir MV cared deeply about education and played a key role in founding the Government Engineering College at Bangalore in 1917, which would later be named after him. Today the modest house where he was born is considered a place of worship for locals.”
Sir MV was born in 1861, and was raised in the rural village of Muddenahalli in southern Indian state of Karnataka. For his education he had to walk over 60 kilometers to Bengaluru to attend United Mission School, and ate food served at temples and used street lamps to study.
He later earned his License in Civil Engineering from the University of Bombay, and started working with the Bombay Public Works Division and joined the Indian Irrigation Commission. He was later given the opportunity to study the water supply and drainage system of Aden, which is a port city in Yemen.