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Chalking Out A Path Of His Own

Varunya Illanghovan

April 07, 2017

At a time when popularity was the criteria for choosing a stream, he dared to stay distinguished, choosing a stream that was high on scope but not so much in acclaim. Staying true to his choice and achieving the highest degree of reputation as an engineer, we are extremely happy to present to you, our next panelist, Mr.G.Muthukrishnan, Chartered Engineer and Consultant ( Metallurgy) who also an Alumni of IIT. 

 

1. We are extremely happy to have you as one of our panelists for the Engineer’s day celebrations. Please tell us about how you feel being part of this event in College of Engineering, Guindy, sharing your ideas with a lot of young and enthusiastic minds.

I have over 40 years of experience in the field. I am looking to share this experience with  young passionate engineers.

 

2. The topic for the panel discussion is ‘Digital India’. Please elaborate on the different aspects that you would be talking about regarding the subject?

I would like to talk about something in general, in the sense, one can be a good student, but may or may not get the right job. I will talk more about the ability to absorb the job. If you’re lucky to get the right job, you’re happy. If you don’t, you should never get disheartened. You should accept whatever one receives and improve your abilities in the current job or work your way to a better opportunity. But you must never get disheartened if you don’t get the right job at the first try.

"I would like to talk about something in general, in the sense, one can be a good student, but may or may not get the right job. I will talk more about the ability to absorb the job.

3.Having completed your UG in metallurgy in an extremely reputed institute such as the IIT, was being a chartered engineer a natural progression?

I have basically been a metallurgical person for over 20 years. I’ve further worked for this French company that honed my skills on metallurgy. It helped me in understanding the failures of various processes etc, and that in turn helped me enter the chartered engineering area where I do valuation, failure analysis and more. It is primarily common to the job and the metallurgical work space honed my skills over these years.  

"...I do valuation, failure analysis and more.

4.Help us understand the nature of jobs and the prospects in this sector, then and now.

When I started my career in 1972, I could have done M. Tech. But in that case, I would have had to compete with another two sets of engineers. So I decided to continue the job. 

Secondly, I received a 4000 dollar scholarship in Stanford for post graduation way back in 1972, but due to family circumstances, I couldn’t attend and hence I decided stay back in India.

 

5. Sir, what would be your message to the young students who are looking forward to creating a career as reputed as yours?

My appeal to the young students would be that the opportunities and the awareness that the internet has given them is very vast, compared to our days of sticking to books and libraries. Opportunities are available in every corner, one should utilize them and  along with some right guidance and the right attitude, many will succeed.

The Guindy Times would like to thank Mr.G.Muthukrishnan for spending time with us for the interview.