‘Indian scientists need to research on solutions to issues affecting them’

Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar finished his matriculation studies at the age of 12, having joined school at an early stage. Most of his classmates were 15 and above


Dr Srivari Chandrasekhar, director, CSIR-IICT

Post his intermediate studies after matriculation, his age factor didn't allow him to pursue his passion in medicine, as 17 years of age was the admission requirement.

He then deliberately chose science to be his career path. Fortunate enough to have inspiring friends and excellent teachers around, a fiery spark was lit within his spirit to pursue research in fundamental sciences.

"Those years changed my outlook towards studies and I got deeply involved in chemistry and pursued it, rather, still doing so, with great passion," says the 51-year-old chief scientist and head of natural products chemistry division at the CSIR Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), in Hyderabad.

He joined IICT way back in 1986 as a junior research fellow, and became the chief scientist at the institute in 2010. He was also the winner of the prestigious Infosys Prize in 2014 in Physical Sciences.

Dr Chandrasekhar recently tasted another phenomenal milestone. This time, being appointed as the director of the same institute, IICT.


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