Imagine the person who pioneered the information technology industry in India opting for a course in MBBS and emerging as a qualified physician? Would his spirit of entrepreneurship have led to something similar in the field of medicines and healthcare?

Though the answer may be in the realms of conjecture, it was interesting to speculate when N.R. Narayana Murthy, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, mentioned here on Friday that he had applied for a course in MBBS at the Mysore Medical College and was selected too.

Delivering the graduation day address at the JSS Medical College, Mr.Murthy went on a trip down the memory lane and recalled that after completing his Pre-University Course and securing a third rank, he applied for engineering and medical courses.

“Due to peer pressure I applied for engineering at the National Institute of Engineering and for medical at the Mysore Medical College and was selected for both the courses.”

“However, I came from a family in which there were no doctors and I was particularly scared of the profession involving operations and surgery and hence preferred to opt for engineering,” Mr. Murthy said.

“Even today I am a bad patient. However, I am relieved to be among the graduating students as a speaker and not as a patient,” he added.