Krishnamurthy Rengarajan, IIT-B gold medallist.
is indeed wealth. Who better exemplifies it than Krishnamurthy
Rengarajan, IIT-B gold medallist (B Tech dual-degree course).
Krishnamurthy's story is that of hard work, sheer grit and
undying passion for learning and excellence has paid off. Coming from a
lower middle class background , Krishnamurthy has made his parents proud
when he passed with flying colours.
father, who works as a typist at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is overwhelmed
by his son's achievement. Rengarajan, who hails from Tamil Nadu, came to
Mumbai 28 years ago and settled down in a distant Mumbai suburb of
Dombivli. Though the family went through a lot of hardships initially,
he made sure that his children were well educated.
always wanted to join the IIT. When people asked him what if you don't
get through the entrance examinations, he used to say, `there is no
question of me not clearing the test,'" says his proud father.
course, he did top all the five years at IIT, a result of sheer hard
work and brilliance, says his mother, barely able to control her
excitement. "I am very happy for him," says Radha Rengarajan.
Krishnamurthy did his schooling at the Kidland School in Dombivli and
pre-degree from V G Vaze College at Mulund. His favourite subject being
mathematics it was obvious that he would pursue a degree in engineering.
He won the
Rakesh Mathur award of Rs 1 lakh (Rs 100,000) during his third year and
other scholarships throughout the four years.
what Krishnamurthy had to say on his IIT experience.
My IIT experience
years I spent at IIT were the best in my life. I will cherish each and
every moment here. I loved everything here: the professors are the best
one can ever get, the facilities to study and the extra-curricular
activities are excellent. I made best of friends and thoroughly enjoyed
my college life.
think I will ever get this experience anywhere else.
joining IIT, I used to study for 7 to 8 hours daily. After joining IIT,
I used to spend about a couple of hours. I started my preparations after
I finished my 10th standard.
IIT is one
of the premier institutes in India. I always wanted to get good higher
education, so I opted for IIT.
My mantra for success
no short cut to success. One has to work very hard, put in a lot of
effort, should have a problem-solving mentality and a right approach to
always stood by me, their support has been invaluable and am
Advice to IIT aspirants
You have to spend a lot of time preparing as exams are getting more and
more competitive. You must also have problem-solving skills.
math puzzles, reading books. I used to play cricket, but now I don't get
the least important thing for Krishnamurthy. So no jobs for the time
being. "I have been selected for the scholarship programme at Stanford
University for a PhD in operations research. I would like to research on
optimising computer networks and operation systems. Quality research is
available abroad. After the PhD programme I would like to join any
academia of good repute and continue my research activities. Among
corporates, I admire Google. It is the one company that reflects
perfection, hard work and efficiency."
Will you come back to India?
I will. The brain drain phenomenon is dying out. It's the time for
reverse brain drain!
Photograph: Krishnamurthy (right) with a friend. (Inset)
Krishnamurthy's parents, Rengarajan and Radha.
Never say Quit!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes
When the road you are trudging seems all
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to
When care is pressing, you.re down a bit.
Rest if you must, but never quit.
Life is queer, with its twists and turns,
As every one of us, sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won, if he had stuck it
Stick to your task, though the pace seems
You may succeed with just another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up.
When he might have captured the victor.s
And he learned too late, when the night
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tints of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight
when you are hardest hit,
It.s when things seem
worst, that you must never quit!