Innovator: MR. G. CHANDRA SHEKAR,
VILLAGE KARAKOLLU, CHITTOOR DIRSTRICT, ANDHRA PRADESH
Chandrashekar was born in a small village i.e., Karakollu in
Andhra Pradesh. It is a remote area surrounded by hills and
forests. He finished the primary education in Karakollu and
High School Education in a town, which is 15 KM away from
his village. He completed his Intermediate (Bi.PC) and
Graduation (B.Com) in the town Srikalahasti. He is the elder
son of Mr. Munciah Naidu and Mrs. Jayalakshmi. They are
small farmers. They worked hard to improve the lives of
their children. The money earned by them was not sufficient
for the studies of their children.
As a child he was a keen observer and tried to analyze what
he saw. He was very humble and with pleasant manners.
Teachers believed that he is very intelligent and different
from the other students. While pursuing graduation, he went
to a library for the first time. In the library, the
autobiographies of Scientists attracted him. He liked Thomas
Alva Edison. He was impressed by his patience and strong
desire to make the impossible things to possible by Science.
“Jagadeesh Chandra Bose” is the role model of Chandra Shekar.
After the completion of graduation, he believed that the
problems of society can be solved by science and decided to
invent solutions to the problems resulting in suffering to
In the last 20 years, he showed immense interest in
innovation and finding solutions to the problems of his
villagers. He could impress many people of all ages by his
speeches about the scientists. Some of the villagers are
attracted by his speeches and joined with him. He formed a
group in the village with those who believed that science
and the nature can provide solutions to the problems around.
He initiated a path to make his dreams into reality.
A small village lab was made in a hut in the village and
this group used to meet frequently to discuss the solutions
to various problems and the methodology of trials. They
listed the pain points of the village. Priorotized them and
started finding solutions. First on the list was the
Mosquitoes which are biting and causing a lot of pain to the
humans and animals. They believed that the natural problems
have solutions in the nature. They searched for a plant
which can work against mosquitoes. They spent almost three
years to locate a clean plant in the nearby “Nallamala
Forest” which was the solution to the mosquito problem. The
leaf excreta added with coconut oil provided much need
relief to the people and animals. This oil today is held by
each villager and they use it intensely. They also found
another herb which kills larvae instantly.
The group led by Chandrashekhar also found herbal solutions
for many other ailments such as pain relief, curing ulcer,
burns, blackening grey hair, anti fungal, Anti bacterial
etc. These are very popular among the villagers in
proximity. Other solutions he provided to the villagers are:
a simple mechanism to stop the motor when there is no water
in the canal/well, a poor man’s refrigerator, metal removal
using herbs, pesticide and weedicide with herbs, solution
The news papers evaluated his experiments. Most of the
people praised him a lot. All the people understood that
these experiments are valuable. His invention Angel – H is
used in every house of his village and also in surrounding
villages. It is the real success achieved by him.
The support of family is not very encouraging as they were
not aware of science. The people of his age were doing the
jobs and earning money. He was leading life differently.
Family members, relatives and society opposed him. Chandra
Shekhar pursued his mission with devotion and passion to
help the society. He felt that this is the best form of
living with a sole objective of making the life of his
fellow villagers better.
Nominated for the Award by Palle Srujana
President: Brig (Retd) P Ganesham, VSM