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Chance, luck play key role in one’s life: NRN Murthy

Thursday, 31 January 2013 - 5:11pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Former CSIR director and veteran scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar narrated how his mother struggled to arrange Rs21 to get him admission to a secondary school in Mumbai.

‘Yuva Summit 2013’, organised by Deshpande Foundation in Hubli, provided an opportunity for students of North Karnataka to interact with business icons like Ratan Tata, NR Narayana Murthy and Gururaj Desh Deshpande. The day started with the inauguration of ‘Development Dialogue 2013’.

Veteran scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, former director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and president of the Global Research Alliance, narrated how his mother struggled to arrange Rs21 to get him admission to a secondary school in Mumbai.

“I was born in poor family and lost my father when I was six years old. Then my mother migrated to Mumbai, seeking a job. I went to a Marathi school. When I passed Standard VII, my mother struggled to arrange Rs21 for getting admission for me in a secondary school. Fortunately when I joined a degree course in Chemical Engineering, I got around six fellowships. My teacher Prof Sharma guided me to move ahead and then I went to UK for higher studies,” he narrated.

NR Narayana Murthy, Infosys chairman emeritus, said, “My family was big and we were eight children. My mother taught us compassion. I studied in small towns of Karnataka.” He added that chance and luck play a crucial role in one’s life. “One should remember that its not necessary to win every time,” he added.

Sudha Murthy, chairperson of Infosys Foundation, recalled that as a student she used to travel in midnight but refused to suggest the same to today’s girls. She advised girls to be courageous and confidant.




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