Who is the First Engineer of India?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The First Engineer in India was Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. India celebrates 15 September every year as Engineer’s Day in his honor. As a recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award, he established an engineering and educational institute, constructed block irrigation, and constructed the KRS reservoir.

First Engineer of India

Sir Mokshagundam Vishveshwarayya, KCIE FASc (15 September 1860 or 1861 – 14 April 1962) was a Statesman, Indian civil engineer, and 19th Diwan of Mysore, who served from 1912 – 1918. He is often referred to by the initials MV.

  • He started his formal education in Bangalore and graduated from the University of Madras with a BSc.
  • The third-oldest engineering college in Asia, the College of Engineering, Pune, an affiliated institution, is where he later earned his DCE (Diploma in Civil Engineering) from Bombay University.
  • He received India’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955.
  • In honour of his contributions to society, King George V named him a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE).
  • His birthday is commemorated as Engineers’ Day on September 15 in India, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka in his honor.
  • He was hired as an assistant engineer by the Government of Bombay in Nasik after completing his education.
  • As an engineer, he carried out numerous projects with success.
  • From 1912 to 1918, Visvesvaraya was also regarded as the Diwan of Mysore.
  • In addition, he was the driving force behind the construction of the Krishnaraja Sagar dam in Mysore and the principal architect of the Hyderabad flood protection system.


Who is the First Engineer of India?

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is the First Engineer in India. Every year on September 15, India observes Engineer’s Day in its honor. He founded engineering and academic institutions, created block irrigation, and constructed KRS reservoir.

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