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‘Glory of India Award' for surgeon hailing from Tenali

P. Sujatha Varma
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Dr. Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad at an interview with The Hindu in Vijayawada
Dr. Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad at an interview with The Hindu in Vijayawada

He went to a school in his village that was fondly referred to by scientist Y. Nayudamma as ‘Thurumella University'.

His journey from Thurumella, 14 km from Tenali in Guntur district, to the United Kingdom where he is presently working, is replete with success tales, most of which have gone unsung.

Kodali Siva Rama Krishna Prasad, a Staff Grade Orthopaedic Surgeon working for Prince Charles Hospital at Merthyr Tydfil in United Kingdom since 1994, has been conferred with the globally reputed ‘Glory of India Award'. The India International Friendship Society bestowed the honour on him in recognition of his meritorious services and outstanding performance in the field of medicine.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla, presented him the award at a glittering function held at Le Meridien, Windsor Palace, Janpath, New Delhi on Global Friendship Day on January 11. The distinguished recipients of this award in the past include Mother Teresa, former Vice-President of India B.D. Jetty, General G.V. Krishna Rao, General Prema Kariappa, Air Chief Marshal N.S. Suri, former Director of CBI Joginder Singh, film actor the late Dev Anand, actor-turned-politicians Rajesh Khanna and the late Sunil Dutt. “It is a great honour to play a small role in the impending re-emergence of Great India—Maha Bharath, as the greatness in history has a tendency to shifting emphasis in time,” Dr. Krishna Prasad, told The Hindu on Thursday. Son of Kodali Venkateswara Rao and Jagadamba, Dr. Krishna Prasad pursued medicine in Guntur Medical College before obtaining an ECFMG and VQE from Philadelphia in 1974 and 1983 respectively. He then joined the Prince Charles Hospital where he is presently working. The series of other awards that came tracking him in the past include a Special Merit Scholarship for top ranking scholars, Government of Andhra Pradesh, 1966-1972, De Puy Summer University Award, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2007, ‘Making a Difference' Award, Trust Celebration Day, North Glamorgan Health Trust, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom 2001 and Team Award, Trust Celebration Day, Prince Charles Hospital, also in 2007.


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