Friday, 4 November 2011

Some hidden facts about Sir M Visvesvaraya

Bangalore: While most of the major discoveries and inventions were contributed to the world by India, many were buried without any lime light due to various reasons. Either the early Indians did not have the habit of recording those or even the British who are known to record everthing did not wish to see Indians taking a lead always. One such example to it is the far sightedness and vision of none other than Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, one of the legendary nation builders of India.
How many of you will believe me if I say that Sir M Visvesvaraya was the one who practiced the ‘planning model’ much prior to the Soviet Union? Yes. It was Sir M V who practiced the planning model during his tenure as chief engineer and Dewan of Mysore during the first decade of 20th century.
Yes there are lots more of hidden facts about Sir M V waiting for you at the exhibition named “Sir Mokshagundam Visveswaraya-The Legendary Nation Builder” at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum here at Kasturba Road in the city.
Apart from being an engineer Sir M V was statesman, a visionary and a nation builder. The first Prime minister of the country Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who is considered to the architect of modern India borrowed his ideas of planned economy from Sir M V who lead an active life for almost a century.
-Sir M V suggested India to be put under the industrialized nations as he believed that India can become through industries.
-Sir M V strongly believed in establishing an empirical relationship between industry and scientific research institutions. 
-He gave the vision to start the Department of Metallurgy, Aeronautics, Internal Combustion Engines at the Indian Institute of Science.
-Since river beds were costly, he came with an efficient ways of filtering water through ‘Collector Wells’ in 1895 which was rarely seen anywhere in the world.
-He has the credit of inventing ‘automatic sluice gates’ and ‘block irrigation system’ which are still considered to be marvels in engineering.

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