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Google marks noted Indian civil engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya's 158th birthday with a sketch doodle
The internet search engine and technology giant Google marks the 158th birthday of world-renowned civil engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya with a sketch doodle wishing him "Happy Birthday Sir MV!" Along with the Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya's sketch, the doodle depicts the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam designed by him.

Further, Google says that Sir MV lived by the phrase "Work is Worship," and he had devoted his life to engineering who was considered as an expert in irrigation design. In India, his birthday is celebrated as the National Engineers Day each year on September 15.

"He was raised in the rural village of Muddenahalli, located in a region of south-western India now known as the state of Karnataka. His father, a scholar of the ancient Sanskrit language, lived a simple life, passing away when Sir MV was very young," informs the Google's website saying that today his modest house where he was born is considered a place of worship for locals.

He went to Bengaluru on foot to take admission to the United Mission School there. During his school days he ate the food served at temples around the city and studied under street lamps at night.

"After earning a License in Civil Engineering from the University of Bombay, Visvesvaraya began working with the city's Public Works Division and joined the Indian Irrigation Commission. His expertise earned him the opportunity to study the water supply and drainage of Aden, a port city in Yemen," adds the website.

According to the website, the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara Lake and dam was the largest reservoir in India at the time, which provided drinking water for several cities.

"His flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad and his irrigation plans for Visakhapatnam made him something of a celebrity. Still he maintained a life of strict discipline and modesty, rising at 5am each day and working through the evenings," writes the website lauding his modesty.

The website further adds, "Sir MV cared deeply about education and played a key role in founding the Government Engineering College at Bangalore in 1917, which would later be named after him."

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