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.