Sir M Visvesvarayya was born in Muddenahalli, a village in Karnataka, on 15th September 1860. He completed his high school education from Wesley Mission High School and his graduation from Central College – both in Bangalore. He was a very bright student.
He went on to pursue a course in civil engineering in Pune, having received a scholarship for the same. While there, he was awarded the James Berkley Gold Medal for outstanding performance.
Visvesvaraya had his early schooling in Chikkaballapur Middle and High Schools. The Head Master of the school B. Venkatapathi Iyengar was very much impressed by the acumen of Visvesvaraya. The First Assistant of the School, Nathamuni Naidu was equally impressed and took personal insterest and gave extra instructions at home to Visvesvaraya.
After completing high school, and after the demise of his father, he came to Bangalore with his mother to pursue studies under the foster care of his maternal uncle H. Ramaiah, who was holding a high placed position in the Govt. of Mysore Secretariat. He joined Central College, Bangalore in the year 1875. Here too, he impressed the Principal Mr. Waters, a Professor of Mathematics, who extended the required aid and patronage that helped him graduate with distinction. A pair of golden cuff-links, presented by Mr. Waters, was worn by Visvesvaraya all through.