Here's an inspiring young scientist who gave up the option of choosing a lucrative career and, instead, decided to settle down as an academic only to guide youths like him. Thanks to Palamuru University Vice-Chancellor V. Gopal Reddy who roped in Pindi Pavan Kumar, adding a feather in the cap of Kakatiya University.
An alumnus of Kakatiya University, Mr Pavan Kumar has a distinguished academic background with 15 years of research experience and a long association with institutes of reputation in Germany and India with 40 international publications to his credit at the age of just 40.
Wins coveted award
Mr. Pavan Kumar has done everyone proud by winning the Young Scientist Award 2010 for his path-breaking discovery of new bacteria in drinking water.
“Mr Pavan Kumar is very studious and sincere and we feel very happy to
see him make a name in the world,” Controller of Examinations, Kakatiya University, and senior faculty member S Ram Reddy, told The Hindu.
Mr Pavan Kumar is currently working in the capacity of associate professor of microbiology at Palamuru University and hopes to bring in lots of funds for his research projects which will also help the university improve its facilities.
Mr Pavan Kumar told The Hindu that he got Rs 14 lakh sanctioned for equipment from DAAD, Germany, where he worked for two years on a scholarship and Rs 20 lakh from the Department of Science and Technology.
“We are holding discussions with IIT, Delhi, and AIIMS, Delhi for a grant of Rs 48 lakh and Rs 60 lakh, respectively. We are also hopeful of getting Rs 1 crore grant from GSF-Germany,” he said.
Drive for teaching
About his work, Mr Pavan Kumar said he could isolate and identify two novel bacteria at genus level and three novel bacterial species from stratosphere, seven from Arctic, Antarctic, Indian Ocean, Himalayas and one from soil (named Bacillus Palamuruensis) and three from drinking water sources of Mahbubnagar district.
Impressed by teachers like Prof S Ram Reddy and Prof V Gopal Reddy, he says he had decided to give up his career in research and take up teaching to help students in a backward region.
Pindi Pavan Kumar chose teaching instead of a lucrative career to help students from backward Telangana