The Inspiring Story of Naga Naresh Karutura
Naga Naresh Karutura works for Google in the R&D department in the company’s Bangalore office. Before being selected by Google, Naga Naresh was a student in one of the premier engineering institutes of the country, IIT Madras. Some of you might be wondering why we are talking about this one IIT student when it is common practice for software giants like GooJEgle to recruit directly from the IITs. Well, the difference lies in his journey to IIT Madras.story of Naga Naresh Karutura
Naresh hails from Teeparu, a small village in Andhra Pradesh. His father is lorry driver and his mother is a house wife. Both his parents were illiterate, but that did not stop them from impressing up on their kids, Naresh and his elder sister, the importance of education.
On 11th January 1993, Naresh met with a drastic accident, as a result of which he lost both his legs, right up to the hips. While most people would have broken down and given up on just about everything, Naresh made sure that he only looked at the upside of things and made a conscious effort to enjoy the affection being showered on him. Amidst all this he made it a point to ensure that his studies did not suffer. His parents and sister played a huge role in maintaining this ambition.
Naresh got his motivation to aim for IIT from one of his seniors in school, Chowdhary and his Mathematics teacher Pramod Lal. Combining the motivation with grit and self belief, Naga Naresh willed himself to do whatever it takes to crack the JEE. He cracked the JEE with an All India Rank of 992 and was ranked 4th in the physically handicapped category, allowing him to get admission to one the most prestigious IITs.
Naga Naresh Karutura believes that he is a very lucky man, despite having lost both his legs. He was supported at different stages of life by great people. He tried using the Jaipur foot briefly, but had to stop as he was not comfortable with it. The hospital considered this case and offered to support him through college by sponsoring his tuition fee. He was also helped by a gentleman named Sunder, who paid his hostel fee from second year onwards. With the support of some great people along the way and his own determination to rise above the odds, Naga Naresh Karutura realized his IIT dream.