Telangana: A little person from Khammam with a bigger-than-life outlook

Born with dwarfism and into a family with limited means, Dr Pujala Shiva Krishna has recently completed his PhD at Kakatiya University (KU).
Pujala Shiva Krishna was awarded his doctorate by the controller of examinations Dr S Narasimha Chary.
Pujala Shiva Krishna was awarded his doctorate by the controller of examinations Dr S Narasimha Chary.Photo | Express

KHAMMAM: While long stares and weird looks in public places are part of the daily life for persons with disabilities (PWDs), a little person from Kamepalli village in Khammam district paid no attention to the detractors and has gone on to prove that sometimes talent and dedication can help overcome the negatives of a handicap.

Born with dwarfism and into a family with limited means, Dr Pujala Shiva Krishna has recently completed his PhD at Kakatiya University (KU). From a young age, he had to develop thick skin due to the jeers from some relatives, neighbours and schoolmates. However, he tried to maintain his integrity and decided to show the world that he was more than just his disability. With the help of his mother, Vijaya, who used to support the family by engaging in labour work, along with his brother and professors, he decided to focus on his mental ability and has been living a life in academia ever since. Reflecting on his experience, he tells TNIE, “Except for a few incidents, all my colleagues received me well and supported me in all aspects.”

Such was his dedication that Shiva Krishna used to travel over 30 kilometres daily while doing his three-year-long Bachelor’s degree at the SR & BGNR Government College. In 2017, he joined KU to pursue his PhD in the Department of Zoology. His research focused on ‘In-vitro and in silico hypoglycemic effect of phytochemicals isolated from the leaves of Costus igneus (popularly known as insulin plant)’, under the guidance of Dr E Istari Mamidala.

He was awarded his doctorate by the controller of examinations Dr S Narasimha Chary. “I never thought I would complete PhD, but I always wanted to prove myself despite being a little person and achieve something with the support of everyone around me,” Shiva Krishna adds.

Speaking about his goals, he says, “My dream is to become a lecturer and inspire many good students.”

He also emphasised his intention to care for his mother and brother, who stood by him during hardships. Looking ahead, he hopes to marry someone who will support his family.

One of his friends, Kotagiri Ramu, praised Shiva Krishna, calling him a kind and dedicated individual. He recalled, “One day, he approached me and asked what to do. I suggested that he study well, which would be beneficial to society and help him achieve a good position.”

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