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Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya: Father of Modern Mysore


Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya: Father of Modern Mysore

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (Also Known as Sir MV) was a prolific civil engineer, educationist, economist, scholar of the 20th century. He was born on 15th September in Karnataka in 1861.


  • 12 April 1962, Bengaluru


  • Venkatalakshmamma, Mokshagundam Srinivasa Shastry


  • Visvesvaraya studied Bachelor of Arts(BA) from the University of Mysore and civil engineering from the College of Science in Pune.


  • Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya (Also called Sir MV) began his career as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department of the Government of Bombay. where, he played his important role in technical projects in Mysore, Hyderabad, Odisha, and Maharashtra.
  • Later, in 1912, he served as the Diwan of Mysore.
  • He also had served as a chief engineer.
  • Mokshagundam built the famous Krishna Raja Sagara Dam which was one of his engineering projects.
  • He also founded the Government Engineering College in Bengaluru in 1917.
  • Apart from this, he had served as the chief engineer of the flood protection system in Hyderabad.


  • Sir Mokshagundam Vishweshvaraya has penned various books including ‘Reconstructing India’ and ‘Planned Economy of India’.


  • In 1955, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was honored with Bharat Ratna Award for his contributions to industrial, economic, and social projects.
  • He was honored with the British Knighthood by the then King George VV, ‘Sir” was added before his name.


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