It is celebrated as tribute to the Indian engineer and Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Viswesvaraya (popularly known as Sir MV).
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (15 September 1860 – 14 April 1962), more commonly known as Sir MV, was an Indian civil engineer, statesman and the 19th Diwan of Mysore, serving from 1912 to 1919. He started his primary education in Bangalore,still that stands as United Mission School and he pursued his degree from one of the best and the 3rd oldest engineering college in Asia, College of Engineering, Pune. He received India’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955.
He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good. His birthday, 15 September, is celebrated as Engineers’ Day in India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania in his memory. He was the Chief Engineer of Krishna Raja Sagara dam in the north-west suburb of Mysuru city, Laxmi Talav dam in the south-west Maharashtra Radanagari Kolhapur and also served as one of the Chief Engineers of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.