DRDO Scientist Appointed by the PM in India

Jul 10, 2020 India Blog, Scientist

Interesting story of a young DRDO Scientist appointed by PM Narendra Modi. He is Pratap aged 21 years. He travels 28 days in a month to foreign countries. France has invited him to join their Organisations for which he will be provided with monthly salary of Rs 16 Lakhs, 5 BHK house and Car worth 2.5Cr. But he simply declined.

PM Modi has honored him with suitable award and has asked DRDO to absorb him.Let us see what this boy from Karnataka has achieved.

Part 1
He was born in a remote village in Kadaikudi near Mysore Karnataka. His father earned Rs 2000 as a farmer. Pratap was interested in Electronics right from childhood. While studying he acquainted himself with various websites such as Aviation, Space, Rolls Royce, Boeing 777 etc. from a nearby Cybercafe .

He sent several emails to Scientists all over the world in his broken English about his interest to work but in vain. He wanted to join Engineering School but due to financial problems he joined a Science College to earn a BSc in Physics. Again he was unable to complete the same. He was thrown out of hostel for not paying the hostel fees.

He used to sleep in Bus Stand in Mysore, and used to wash his clothes in the public toilet. He learnt computer languages such as C++, Java Core and Python on his own. He learnt about “Drones” through eWaste. After 80 attempts he succeeded in developing a Drone.

Part 2
He went to IIT Delhi in rags in a unreserved train compartment to participate in a “Drone Model Competition”. He won “Second prize”. He was told to participate in a competition in Japan. To go to Japan an academic Professor in a Chennai College had to approve his Thesis.

He went to Chennai for the first time and with great difficulty that Prof. approved him with some comments that he was not qualified to write it.

Pratap required Rs 60,000 to go to Japan, a philanthropist from Mysore sponsored his flight ticket and balance money he made up by selling his mother’s Mangala .

Somehow he reached Tokyo after going on his maiden flight to Japan all alone. He had only Rs 1400 when he landed there. He couldn’t take the Bullet Train since it was very expensive. So he went by normal train by changing trains at 16 different stations with his luggage to reach his last station.

He walked another 8 km to reach the ultimate destination with his luggage. He participated in an Exposition where 127 nations were participating.The results were announced in a graded manner and finally top 10 . Pratap dejectedly started walking back and slowly the judges were inching to top 3, 2, and finally the First prize was announced as “Please welcome Mr Pratap Gold Medalist from India”.

He was crying with joy. He saw with his own eyes the Indian flag going up. He was rewarded with $10,000 and celebrations followed everywhere. He was called by PM Modi, Karnataka MLA & MP and was honored by all.

France offered him a job with a great salary and fantastic perks. He simply refused and now the PM has honored him and has asked the DRDO to absorb him.


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