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KAKINADA: Attributing his success to his attitude and the factors that moulded his character, Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and alumni of Government Engineering College, Kakinada E. Sreedharan on Wednesday said that punctuality, integrity, professional competence and social accountability were the four pillars of his success.
“The credit for teaching me the importance of punctuality, integrity and laying the foundation stone for professional competence goes to this college, from where I graduated in civil engineering in 1953,” Mr. Sreedharan said while inaugurating the ‘1979-83 Alumni Auditorium' on the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) here.
Recalling the days when the baraks meant for the armed personnel of the World War-II were turned into hostels and classrooms for one of the four engineering colleges in Madras Presidency in Kakinada, Mr. Sreedharan said that discipline and values of high standard were taught to the students by all the professors.
“The students in those days were fortunate enough to have excellent mentors and professors and there were no distractions like television and cinema then,” recalled Mr. Sreedharan, who visited the premises after a gap of 57 years.
Stating that the railway bridge connecting Rameswaram and the mainland, Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro Rail were the three most challenging projects of his career, Mr. Sreedharan said that all the works were completed before the stipulated period and attributed the credit to the core values he had been following and the support from his team members.
“I learned to be punctual from Professor Seethapathi who taught me civil engineering in this college. For me, integrity is nothing but having high level of moral character and transparency and zero tolerance to unethical practices,” Mr. Sreedharan explained.
Observing that characteristics such as professional competence and social accountability helped him win the confidence of the public sector and made him head of major projects, Mr. Sreedharan advised the young engineers not to compromise their values. Vice-Chancellor of the JNTUK Allam Appa Rao wanted Mr. Sreedharan to be a visiting professor at the University.
He explained the initiatives taken up by his team to make JNTUK a world-class University. Registrar V. Ravindra, Rector K. Satya Prasad, old students Raja Suresh, A.G.K. Rao, directors of the University and others were present.
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