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Meet Ravikanth Chittiprolu, alumnus of the 2007-2009 Masters batch in Computer Aided Structural Engineering (CASE). He currently runs his own group of companies, the Vyuha Group with a motto of “Sadhanath Sadhyathe Sarvam”, which is Telugu for ‘Everything is possible with efforts’. In an email interview, he talks about how he believes in entrepreneurship and is proud to call himself a IIIT-H product.

Can you tell us about yourself and how you came to study at IIIT-H?

I hail from Devarakonda in Nalgonda District. While I did my schooling there, my intermediate (+2) education is from Nellore. For a degree in Civil Engineering, I moved to Hyderabad and completed it from VNR VJIET. It was while working as an Assistant Engineering Trainee at IVRCL infra Pvt Ltd after graduation, that I realised the significance of higher education especially in the field of Design. This motivated me to apply for and pursue a Masters in Structural Engineering from IIIT-H. Furthermore, I was confident that a renowned institute such as IIIT-H was the right place to learn proven processes and methodologies in the field which would help in establishing a strong foundation for my career.

What courses and faculty inspired you on campus?

Today, I proudly introduce myself as a CASE (Computer Aided Structural Engineering) Alumni, Structural Engineer and Entrepreneur (not necessarily in that order!). I used to be a second-class student while studying for my Bachelor’s degree, whereas IIIT-H made me learn theories and concepts in a practical way and helped me to develop subject knowledge. The course programme also helped me plan and work on defined timelines, which I believe helped me achieve a 7 CGPA. Research in EERC (Earthquake Engineering Research Centre) enabled me to work at the industry level. I was also exposed to new technologies while working as a research assistant in EERC and this helped me select a research topic for a Ph.D. I say with pride that I am a product of Prof. Sri Ramancharla Pradeep kumar. His guidance and support influenced me a lot not only to work on course subjects but also on “ethics”. He is my ‘guru’ who helped me in establishing myself as an entrepreneur.

I was also assigned as a Teaching Assistant under Prof. Venkateshwarlu, from whom I learnt how to prepare for assignments and improved my teaching skills. With this experience, I am now able to run a private training centre for young engineers to teach them to handle practical problems, execution methods, management skills and guide them towards entrepreneurship.