Muralidhar Muthyala, from a small Telangana village to a top university in Japan and to finally be selected for the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, an award constituted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, to honour exceptional contribution in various fields.
Muralidhar Muthyala, professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, is perhaps one of the youngest to be felicitated with this prestigious award at the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held virtually this year. He is also perhaps the only awardee who is born and educated in India, but surely the lone recipient who studied in a Telugu medium government school.
In his 24-plus years of service in Japan, he has been an innovative leader bridging India-Japan bilateral relations with significant managerial experience in higher education system, including pathbreaking research in high temperature superconductivity. Prof. Muralidhar did his M.Sc (Physics) and PhD from the Department of Physics, Osmania University.