Dr. Sri Kalyana Rama Jyosyula
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Research and Development Coordinator
Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
I did my Schooling at R.K. High School, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The atmosphere there encouraged me to learn the art of communication.
With a complete uncertainty post +2, I got an admission into Civil Engineering at Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Thankfully, it was one of the best private engineering colleges in the state and Civil Engineering is the best among all other branches. I was fortunate enough to experience the expertise of the faculty there which motivated me in working towards achieving a career that would benefit the society.
My passion, supported by motivation of faculty, led to a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at the very same college. I stood 2nd in the department at the end of Bachelor’s and Master’s.
I started my teaching career during my Master’s days when I was given an opportunity to teach in the year 2010. It was a wonderful experience interacting with students (ideally sub juniors) who are just 2 years younger to me.
Moving forward, I got an opportunity to work as a Lecturer at one of the prestigious institutions in the country BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) Pilani-Hyderabad Campus in the year 2013. I also have registered for Ph.D at BITS Pilani and defended my thesis in the year 2018 under the supervision of two fantastic professors. Working at BITS changed the way I look into certain aspects. It has not only enhanced my technical skills but also helped me to understand the goal of my life being surrounded by positive people.
Since July, 2019 I am working as an Assistant Professor (University grade) in the Department of Civil Engineering at Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.
Q2. You are a Civil Engineer then what did attract you towards teaching instead of any corporate job?
Teaching is one of the very few professions wherein we will get complete satisfaction seeing the growth of students who were nurtured and educated by us. Teaching gives me more energy and encouragement to serve the young minds of the nation. I also felt that this is one of the best career platforms wherein life long learning will be part and parcel of life. Somewhere from deep within I understood that the joy of happiness is in sharing the knowledge and laying a path for a student is something that is unmatchable.
Q3. How do you handle stress in this fast and competitive life?
In the rapid growing world, to sustain the peer pressure and stress one should not attach too much to it. I always feel that I should be better than what I was yesterday and the only competitor to me is myself.
Q4. Who is your Role Model in your Domain?
My paternal grandfather Late Shri. Jyosyula Suryanarayana Murthy is my first guru, mentor, inspiration and role model too. He had received a National Award from the then President of India, Ramaswamy Venkataraman for his exemplary teaching skills and revolutionary changes he brought in Zilla Parishad High School. During the tough days of my early childhood, he motivated me to stand each time when I was down physically and mentally in each and every aspect of my life. I can proudly say that whatever I am today is because of his blessings. I took teaching profession out of my personal interest inspired by him.
Q5. Which one thing do you want to change in yourself and why?
Overthinking, because it will destroy the reality sometimes.
Q6. Do you update yourself in terms of education?
Definitely yes. It is very much essential for any individual in teaching profession to keep an eye on the technological advancement. This will help in day to day teaching as well as guiding students in challenging problems. I always feel that whenever student comes up with an interesting problem, I should not discourage him. This is the driving force for my knowledge upgradation.
Q7. What kind of problems have you faced in your Journey and how did you remove it?
I have come across several health issues since my childhood. I have spent most of my school days at home. Thanks to my parents and grandparents who supported me during that phase. Things were looking good until my graduation followed by series of rejections by many companies post my bachelor’s degree. With a proper guidance and passion, I have completed my Master’s and Ph.D. I have aspired to continue my research activities at research organizations but I think God has different plans for me. Every time I expect something and think that I have come to an end of my aspirations He made me realize that “Expectations are bound to fail and at the end of every tunnel there is a bright sunshine”.
Q8. How do you motivate students to excel in their academics and career?
I always motivate students to plan their career that would bring them happiness and satisfaction and obviously other things would follow. For their academics I suggest them to be concept-centric rather than exam-centric. I personally believe that marks are not the only criteria to judge student’s capability. It is important for students to understand that the knowledge they gain and the ideology they develop are the two most essential qualities to plan for a fruitful career. I try to impart positive thinking into the young minds and inculcate the habit of being patient during tough times. I always say them that “Nothing is impossible unless you try” and “You will get whatever you deserve but not what you desire”. If it is for students, I can spend hours and hours talking to them.
Q9. What is your success mantra?
Aim High. Keep trying until you succeed. Even a failure is a learning experience. Never underestimate the inner strength.
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