Born in a big family with 14 siblings and having lost his parents early, Kadappa Mysore could scarcely have dreamt that he would one day be embarking on a Rs. 100-crore project in his village.
Mr. Mysore’s is the rags-to-riches story of a Dalit boy who became an engineer through dogged hard work and later turned an entrepreneur. Having started his first enterprise from a single room, he is now all set to start a Rs. 100-crore project at his village, Belligatti in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district.
Mr. Mysore lost his father when he was in class VI and mother when he was in class X. His brothers did try to support him, but it was hard going for the agricultural family. After emerging a topper at the National High School, Hubli, in SSLC, he mobilised funds for studies by working as a watchman and a daily wager at a cotton mill at night. He went to P.C. Jabin Science College during the day.
He self-funded his engineering degree which he completed at Siddharth Institute of Technology, Tumkur, in the stream of Instrumentation Technology. To meet the expenses, he worked as a part-time teacher in a high school.
After his studies, he worked in a firm briefly in Bangalore, and later established Shanthala Engineering in 1999 with an investment of Rs. 35,000 from his provident fund out of a single-room home where he lived with his wife.
In the last 14 years, Shanthala Engineering, having its base in Hubli, has become Shanthala Power Research Corporation and now Mr. Mysore is the chairman of Shanthala Group of Companies, which has testing units spread across the country and has added international clients in the recent years.
Beginning with the national-level Special Award for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes entrepreneur, Mr. Mysore has bagged four national-level awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award instituted by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
Now, with a Rs. 15-crore turnover company, Mr. Mysore is dreaming big. He has embarked on a Rs. 100-crore project at his native village, located off the Pune-Bangalore national highway. His company has now purchased a 40-acre land in his village for his project.
His project comprises setting up over 10 laboratories that would function under the name Belligatti Advanced Research Centre and also a training institute that would provide short-term education on testing and third party inspection. It is expected to provide employment to 2,000 people when fully functional. The bhoomi puja for the project is slated for Saturday.
plans to set up a
Rs. 100-crore project in his village