MYRA School of Business celebrated Engineers’ Day to commemorate the 155th birth anniversary of Sir M Visvesvaraya.
Prof V K Nataraj, former director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, and former director of Institute of Development Studies, University of Mysore, was the speaker of the day.
Prof Nataraj said that a personality like Sir MV does not need a certification from lesser mortals like himself adding that he was honored to be the speaker of the day. He used the forum to introduce the character of the man behind the ‘first-ever technocrat India saw’ to the young audience.
“A personality whose foot prints are all over the country; one who has initiated and successfully executed countless development projects, an institution builder, a nation builder, Sir MV has brought in technical knowhow from other countries to India during his services as an Assistant Engineer at PWD, Bombay Presidency, Chief Engineer Hyderabad State, President of Education and Industrial Committees, Mysore State, Dewan, Mysore State, member of the Governing Councils of IISc and TISCO and other significant positions. Even after retirement, he has consistently emphasized the need for engineering and technology in national development,” said Prof Nataraj.
“A man whose thinking and vision were far ahead of his times and a recipient of various honors and awards including Bharat Ratna, the highest distinction of the country, Sir M V had earned a reputation for his honesty, integrity, ability and intelligence. Yet, he held all honors lightly on his shoulders and walked the motto he truly believed in, ‘Work is Worship’,” he said.
“Sir MV’s abilities were aptly recognized by the Maharaja of Mysore, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who convinced him to lend his services to the then Mysore state. He was offered the position of Dewan and given complete responsibility of all the development projects. Sir MV used these to the fullest advantage and played a prominent role in the establishment of the University of Mysore, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) and other educational institutions. His scientific temper and staunch belief that education will make a significant difference, is just another instance of his far-sighted thinking. He gave immense attention to education, women’s education in particular,” he added.
An intensive interaction by the students followed with interesting questions on the most brilliant engineering feat of Sir MV; how Sir MV would have addressed the problems that the country faces today; and questions on whether he would he be a misfit amongst the political anarchy that exists today, were some of the issues discussed by the gathering.