Famous Personalities of India : M. Visvesvaraya
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VISVESVARAYA, M. (1861-1962). Born in an orthodox Brahman middle class family, he studied Engineering in Poona and joined the Public Works Department of Bombay Presidency. Visvesvaraya specialized in water management and the construction of various hydraulic schemes until 1909. He then became an Engineer in Mysore state and subsequently Dewan (minister looking after finances of the state).

He introduced technical education, encouraged industrial development, and helped establish an iron and steel plant in that Princely State. He was one of the early economic planners of India, associated with setting 'up the Indian Institute of Science, an aircraft factory, and other advanced projects at Bangalore. He was honored by the the British government in the year 1915 and received independent India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in the year 1955.

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