Engineers day in India 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Indian engineer M Visvesvaraya on his 156th birth anniversary. He took to Twitter and shared a series of posts in order to greet the nation on the occasion of ‘Engineers day.’ PM Modi in his first tweet, talked about the importance of engineering in the development of the nation. He said, “I salute all engineers on #EngineersDay & appreciate their paramount role in the development of our nation.” In another tweet, he paid tribute to the recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna and said, “Tributes to Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary. An exemplary engineer himself, he is a source of immense inspiration.”
Not just Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other Union Ministers like Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Rathore and Piyush Goyal also remembered the great engineer. Smriti Irani attended an event to commemorate M. Visvesvaraya’s birth anniversary and celebrate Engineers Day with Institute of Engineers Goa. Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore shared a post saying, “On #EngineersDay, a tribute to M. Visvesvaraya, a scholarly engineer & a statesman. Grateful for his tremendous contribution to the nation.” Newly appointed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal too shared a post on his social media account. Goyal said, “Engineers have an integral role to play in nation building. On Engineer’s Day, let’s remember M. Visvesvaraya who inspires young engineers.”
Born on September 15, 1861, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman who was also the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.He became the recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honor, the Bharat Ratna, in the year 1955. Many may not know, but Visvesvaraya was also knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good. September 15 is celebrated as the Engineer’s Day in India in his memory.