Bangalore, Sep 16 (Calcutta Tube) Karnataka Wednesday celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of engineer-statesman Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, popularly known as Sir MV, one of the earliest recipients of the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.
Sir MV designed the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir (KRS) near Mysore which also has the tourist attraction of Brindavan Gardens, set up Mysore Bank, now State Bank of Mysore, the engineering college in Bangalore and served as Dewan of the princely state of Mysore.
He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955. He had been knighted by the British queen during the colonial rule.
A special function was held at Visvesvaraya’s birthplace Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur district, about 60 km from Bangalore, to mark the occasion.
Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily, who is Lok Sabha member of Chikkaballapur, were among those present at the Muddenahalli function.
In Bangalore, the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which celebrates Sep 15 as founder’s day to coincide with MV’s birthday honoured Nandan Nilekani, one of the founders of IT major, Infosys Technologies and now head of the Unique Identity Project, with M. Visvesaraya Memorial Award.
Functions were also held at the engineering college in Bangalore, renamed as University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering at Mysore and other places across the state.