Celebrating student achievements: Lokesh CM
CM Lokesh is a PhD student in the Department, and has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF). He is jointly advised by Dr. Anil Prabhakar and Dr. Basudev Roy (PH) under an interdisciplinary program. Here are excerpts of a brief interaction with Lokesh.
Tell us a bit about yourself — academic background, family background, etc.
I have done my BTech in Engineering physics at IIT Guwahati and worked with Cognizant machine learning research team for one year. I have joined IIT Madras in July, 2018 as a direct PhD student. My father C. Srinivasa Murthy currently works as a Technical officer at Nehru Science centre, Mumbai, my mother C. Thulasi is house wife and my sister C. Harika pursuing her M.com at SV University, Tirupati.
What are your thoughts on winning the prestigious PMRF? What do you think you did right to receive this award?
I am really happy to receive this award, I feel this as an opportunity to get better motivation and will try to make the best use of it. This award also adds more confidence for us and raised the bar to grow higher in our research. I should say my guides and Dr. Praveen Bhallamudi, my mentor, have a major role in achieving this award, they have guided me well. Figuring out a good problem at early stage of my PhD gave us time to understand and try out few things which I think is the right thing we did.
What aspects of Ph.D.student life do you particularly like?
I enjoyed my course work the most as I had a chance to learn from the best at business. I also admire colloquiums and conferences that keep us updated regarding the current research.
What would you tell your friends and juniors who are considering doing a Ph.D.?
Any other comments, anecdotes?