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One Man’s Vision Touches Million Lives

Monday, September 19, 2016
By A Business Reporter

A tribute to Sir M. Visvesvaraya - founder of MVIRDC, a force to reckon with!

On 156th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai paid tribute and reaffirmed the commitment to promote his vision Prosperity through Trade and Industry’.

MVIRDC founder Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya is an inseparable part of World Trade Centre Mumbai’s successful journey. Sir M. Visvesvaraya’s dream was to see India prosperous through Industrialization. WTC Mumbai is the realization of the vision of one man - Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, affectionately addressed as Sir MV. Named after him, WTC Mumbai came into existence on June 26, 1970 which was registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1956 under section 25 as a not-for-profit company called M Visvesaraya Industrial Research and Development Centre (MVIRDC). The main objective of the Centre was to conduct ‘Research and Development’ and the ancillary objective of establishment of WTCs in India.

Sir MV dedicated his life towards nation building and epitomized all the qualities of an ideal engineer throughout his life. The Engineer’s Day is celebrated in India on the birth anniversary of this great Indian engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, who was born on 15, September, 1860. He is remembered today as an engineer par excellence, a highly respected statesman and Diwan of Mysore Kingdom. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore as well as the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good.

A visionary thinker and one of the builders of Indian Economy, he was recipient of the India’s Republic’s highest honor the ‘Bharat Ratna’, in 1995. Taking forward his vision, MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai during the year organized over 80 events involving governments both state and overseas levels, embassies, consulates, chambers of commerce and other trade promotion organizations. The Centre forged ahead building and maintaining regular interaction with the local trading and business communities, also helping them to connect globally.

Addressing the gathering at WTC Mumbai on this occasion, Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai said “There is no finer legacy than what Sir Visvesvaraya has left behind, and it is for us to grasp the essence of his vision, his values, his fortitude and his humaneness to serve the nation by working towards the progress of trade and industry which will take us towards inclusive growth”.

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