“I remember my first day in engineering college. We were asked to introduce ourselves, and I couldn’t speak more than a few words in English. I had tears in my eyes; I didn’t know what to say or do,” says Dr. Vijayaragavan Vishwanathan, who is today a CERN Scientist, and an entrepreneur.
Hailing from Rajapalayam in Madurai, Vijay comes from a humble background. The son of a farmer and a homemaker, Vijay had from very early on understood the importance and value of education. He always wanted to study and prove himself academically.
His fascination for electronics got him to pursue engineering.
"From my earlier years I remember opening up gadgets and figuring out how they work,” adds Vijay. So it came as no surprise to many when he joined an Engineering course in Amrita School of Engineering in Coimbatore."
Learning different lessons
Unfortunately, in the second year, due to financial hardship, Vijay had to discontinue his studies. Nevertheless, after taking help from relatives and friends, Vijay was able to continue his education. A few scholarships came along soon, and they helped immensely. At the end of his third year, Vijay got a placement with one of the first companies that came to recruit from the college campus – Larsen & Toubro, Powai.