Legendry Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan & Japan’s The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun awardee Dr Venkataraman Krishnamurthy, considered as the father of public sector undertakings in India, passed away on 26 June 2022 at his home in Chennai at the age of 97. His last rites will be performed today. He's the only person with enviable recognition of being the chief executive officer of Bharat Heavy Electricals, Maruti Udyog, Steel Authority of India and GAIL (India) etc. He was the founder chairman of Maruti Udyog Ltd and is known for working behind the introduction of the iconic Maruti 800.Chairman & CEO Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (1972–1977)Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Industry (1977–1980)Founder Chairman & CEO Maruti Udyog Limited (1981–1990)Chairman Steel Authority of India Limited (1985–1990)Chairman & CEO GAIL (India) Limited (1985–1990)Member Planning commission of India (1991–1992)Dr Krishnamurthy was born on 14 January 1925 in in the temple town of Tamil Nadu's Karuveli. His grandfather was a wealthy landlord in his village Karuveli, in Thanjavur region. In 1930 due to floods in his village his family lost all the lands. They sold their house and left the village. He went with his mother to live with his uncle. His father went to Chennai to do business. His mother died when he was 11 years old. Because of their poor financial condition, his brothers had to discontinue education and go for employment. He started his illustrious career as a technician on the airfields during World War II before doing 3 year diploma in electrical engineering from CNT technical Institute in 1943. He started his career as an airfield technician during the Second World War. Later he passed competitive examination conducted by Union public services commission and joined Central Engineering Services in 1955. He held a Doctorate in Economics from the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He married Mrs Rajam and has two sons Mr Jayakar and Mr Chandra. He spent his final years in Chennai, supporting family company UCAL Fuel Systems in an advisory role.In the academic field, he had served as the chairman of premier institutes like Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, in addition to becoming the chancellors of Indian Maritime University and Central University of Tamil Nadu.