Dr Anumolu Ramakrishna was born on December 20, 1939 at Punadipadu, Andhra Pradesh. Hew obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1960 from the Andhra University and M.Sc in Structural Engineering in 1961 from the College of Engineering, Gundy, Chennai. He started his career in 1962 with Engineering Construction Corporation Limited (ECC), the then a wholly owned subsidiary of Largen & Toubro Limited. The ECC was subsequently amalgamated with the parent company and is widely known as ECC Construction Division of Larsen & Toubro.
In 1966, Government of India sponsored him for practical training in Structural Engineering in Germany. His specialized knowledge in structural engineering precast and prestressed concrete and industrialized methods of construction was recognized by Andhra University and conferred upon him Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Science in 1997 and by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University through an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2004.
After serving in various capacities Dr Ramakrishna was inducted into the Board of Directors of L & T in 1992 and was appointed as President (Operational head) of the ECC Construction Division. He was elevated to the position of Deputy Managing Director of L & T in March, 2000. Under his leadership the revenues of L & T – ECC Division grew manifold – from Rs. 450 Cr. in 1992 to over Rs. 6,900 Cr. in 2004 by the time when he retired from the services of the L & T Company.
Dr Ramakrishna was actively associated with many prestigious International and National bodies of the Engineering field. Dr Ramakrishna played a pioneering role in development of projects under the Public Private Partnership format and most of these projects have become landmarks exemplifying quality, speed and economy.
Dr Ramakrishna has received many prestigious awards for his outstanding contribution to engineering technology and to the society at large. Dr Ramakrishna was inspired by the vision of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam to make India a developed nation by 2020.
Dr A Ramakrishna, FIE, was recipient of a prestigious award by World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)ward “2007 FOR ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE” on 15th November, 2007 and he donated the prize money of Rs. US $ 10,000/- to IEI, A P State Centre, Hyderabad for instituting an award for the Young Engineer Award in the field of Civil Engineering.
Many, both in India and abroad see Dr A Ramakrishna as an exemplary Engineer and Leader who combined technical excellence with honesty, integrity and human values in business . He showed the way to transform construction scenario in India and contribute to India becoming a Developed Nation.
Dr A Ramakrishna breathed his last on 20th August, 2013
The first Endowment Lecture was instituted on 30th December, 2013