Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya : The Architect of Modern Karnataka


m-visvesvaraya (1) Visvesvaraya was born in Muddenahalli(now in chikkaballapur), a place near Bengaluru. He is regarded as one of country’s foremost Engineer. He hailed from an humble upbringing. Young Visvesvaraya was earnest in his studies, he used to read under streetlamps to satiate his hunger for knowledge. In his early days he used to take arduous journies from Muddenahalli to Bengaluru on foot. From an early age he was meticulous, he used to tutor junior grade students at his school. Discipline was his innate quality. He was the Founder of Kannada Sahithya Parishath, State Bank of Mysore, Mysore Soap Factory(Near Yeshwanthpura), Mysore Iron and Steel Works(Bhadravathi), University Visvesvaraya college of Engineering, Sri Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic Institute and many such institutions. Kannada_Sahitya_Parishat He was the Diwan of the old Mysore state(Karnataka). He was Knighted in 1915 while he was the Diwan of Mysore. He was awarded Bharat Ratna(Highest Civilian Award - India) from the Government of India in 1955. He was the architect who built the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam in Mysuru. He Channeled the Kaveri River so as to reap rich benefits, the dividends of which are utilized even today. proj_krs One of the best Quotes of him was “Industrialize or Perish”. As an honor to Visvesvaraya, his birthday September 15th is celebrated as “Engineers Day”.

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