By R Murali
There is a thick line that separates extraordinary people from others. It goes without saying that in a world of fierce competition, only those who are competent enough survive, the rest perish. The road to success is not a bed of roses and it all boils down to perseverance and the will to reach the pinnacle.
Mysuru district takes the credit of producing many legendary figures in the past and it continues to be in the forefront. Many famed scientists, educationists and musicians are proud to be from this part of Karnataka. Two prominent names that are doing rounds in the recent past are father-son duo of Naga Krishna Raje Urs (63) and Pramu Kumar Raje Urs (35). Natives of Sindhuvalli in Nanjangud taluk, the duo will be creating a history of sorts when they receive their PhDs together at the University of Mysore (UoM) convocation shortly.
This pair is one of those distinguished men who have carved a niche in the field of their own. Naga Krishna and Pramu will continue to be the talk of the town for many more years and it is all the more special that they are from Karnataka and that too from the heritage city.
The story of Naga Krishna is like a fairytale. A classic example of what one can achieve if there is a strong will, he will undoubtedly be a role model for all those who want to dream big and succeed. Not so promising early days, it was not a perfect stage for him to pursue what he wanted when his parents struggled to see their two ends meet. But Naga Krishna knew it would pay to be patient. Hed did his schooling at Sindhuvalli and Kalale.
Following his MSc in Organic Chemistry with distinction, he wanted to study further but family constraints made him think otherwise. He joined Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited in 1980 and retired in 2017. But the desire to do well and achieve something in life had not retired. When he did MBA from Manipal University, many eyebrows were raised but it hardly had any effect on him.
For Pramu, the upbringing couldn’t have been better. His parents would not say no to anything that their son wanted but at the same time, they ensured he imbibed virtues of life. After BCom, he did not MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Presently, he is working as principal at SJB College of Management Studies in Bengaluru
It was in 2016 that father and son got themselves enrolled for PhD from the UoM. While Naga Krishna researched on ‘Fringe benefits and employees’ performance’, his son chose ‘Green human resource management’ in manufacturing and IT firms. When the news spread that their papers have been accepted and cleared, Naga Krishna and Pramu were over the moon.
Both father and son said it is a proud moment which would remain etched in their minds for a very long time. Pramu is all praise for his father. “He always wanted to excel in studies. After MBA, he wanted to know if he could do a PhD alongside me. Though it was surprising, the determination in his eyes said it all. The rest, as they say, is history.”
The duo is eagerly waiting for the big day when both will receive their PhDs in a short while from now. Naga Krishna and Pramu had to make a lot of sacrifices en route to what they wanted to achieve. Maybe, a small price one has to pay to reach the summit.