Did you follow your dream?

There's no substitute for hard work feels ex IITian, Kalandi Charan Panda. Currently with Hindustan Construction Company as General Manager (Operations), he has over 28 years of experience in this field. 

Actually, I wanted to be a scientist. But fate had other things in store for me. The construction industry was in full boom in the 70s and so Civil Engineering was a hot career option in those days. After completing M.Tech from IIT, Mumbai in 1972, I first worked as a site engineer. This first break is crucial as this is where you can put to test all that you have learnt in the classrooms - your ability to use equipments and resources. Then I worked on various projects ranging from ESSAR Steel Plant- Gujarat, Chamba Fertilisers - Rajasthan, Airport project - Qatar and other projects.

I always wanted to work on hydro projects and Hindustan Construction Company was recruiting people to work on new projects. I have been working with this company for the past few years. Here I'm currently working on Dhauli Ganga Hydro-electric project - UP, Natha Jhakri Power project - HP, Kurichu Dam project - Bhutan and Naraj Barge project - Orissa.