Mokshagundam Vishveshwarya was born on August 28, 1860 and Muddenahalli(a village) in Chikballapur Taluk, Kolar district, Mysore (Now Karnataka). Vishveshwarya completed his lower secondary course at Chikballapur. After completing his high-school, he joined the central college having stood first in engineering, it was not difficult for him to enter the Bombay Government Service. He joined the engineer's kader as an Assistant Engineer. The first test of his ability was when he was entrusted with the construction of SYPHON on the river Panjra at Dashari, a village 35 miles from Dhulia. Visveswaraiya proved his mettle in the world scenario. This was the inspiring force that led to the idea of building a world-class technical institute.