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Dedication shows the way

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Says Indu Prasad, the only student from India, who made it to the 108-year old National University Singapore to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering ...

Says Indu Prasad, the only student from India, who made it to the 108-year old National University Singapore to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Ch Sowmya Sruthi

In 2003, when the most prestigious Class VII public examination results were out, a family in Vijayawada was enveloped with happiness and celebrated it with gusto after they came to know that their daughter topped the district and received Prathiba award from the State government. That happiness in the family of Bodala Indu Prasad is still continuing every time she steps forward in her academics.

Indu, a resident Vijayawada, is the only one from the country who made it to the 108-year-old National University Singapore for pursuing a PhD in the field of Biomedical Engineering.  The subject is considered the most advanced both in the field of medicine and engineering. It is her dedication towards the goal that made her not just end up with a six digit salary and settle in life even after graduating from one of the world’s best Indian Institute of Technology, Bhuvaneswar, in Electrical Engineering.

During the third year of her engineering, she evinced interest in signal processing which led her to get an internship offer from University of Malaysia in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Fascinated with the subjects of medicine and engineering together, she completed her two month internship.

Later, finding potential and interest of Indu towards the subject, professors of the university guided her to pursue MSc or PhD. To her surprise, after clearing the NUS entrance exam, she was picked by the university to pursue PhD degree in the field of Biomedical Engineering, all for free and a stipend of Rs 1.5 lakh per month.

Indu was born in the family of educationalists and did her schooling in MK Gandhi School, Vijayawada, which is owned by her father. Indu who always spends time reading academic books says that the very next moment she came to know about IITs in India, she was firmly determined to study at IIT, for which she chose Chukka Ramaiah IIT Academy. Saying that she is not only a bookaholic, Indu shares listening to Bollywood music is her hobby apart from spending quality time with family and home.

Her dream is to innovate something that is really useful for the common people in the field of health care and majority of those who are incapable of affording at least basic health care. Indu’s father and director of the MK Gandhi School, B Ravi Prasad, opined, “There is a lot of encouragement to the Indian students in other countries and they are willing to spend more than a crore per student every year. As a father, I could not ask for nothing more from my daughter who has carved a niche for herself”.

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