India’s mission to Mars is inspiring young men in the country, well, in a bad way. At least for this guy we are going to talk about.
A 27 year old guy named Arun P. Vijayakumar, who fooled the Indian media and made himself place in The Hindu – an Indian English language daily newspaper, for a detailed article titled “In search of extraterrestrial life” has turned out to be a fraudster. Arun, who is a native of Manimala, Kottayam district in India, had claimed via his Facebook page about his recruitment at NASA as a researcher.
Without any solid proof, The Hindu ran an in-depth interview with Arun. The interview reveals Arun’s excitement over his selection, some great quotes that he flaunted and yet another fraud news about his working under Dr. Barbara Lesko in learning theory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
It was only after Netizen Police’s crackdown that Arun’s a Facebook organisation that is overseen by a senior police officer and which investigates online frauds.
Arun did his M.Tech from Bhopal National Institute of Technology (NIT), India.
He worked at Royal University of Bhutan as a lecturer between July 2013 and July 2014.
Timely Fame – A few quotes from Arun’s interview with The Hindu:
“I am informed that I will be assigned to the study of Geo-intelligence framework for Astro biological research, a subject that I closely worked during my research proposals.”
“I was interested in computer science from my childhood days. In my college years, I felt that core engineering was not about learning the programming languages but in understanding the basics and brining out innovations. Thus I concentrated on research-oriented works and nothing interested me as much as artificial intelligence.”
“I had discussed with him some of the project ideas during my M.Tech. days and he was a source of inspiration. He helped me understand that science should be simplified enough for a layman to take interest.”
“Though India has much to progress in the field of artificial intelligence, the change is not far away. In seven to eight years, we will forge ahead in this area and I want to be a part of that growth.”
… and an absolute gem!
“One needs to identify his talent and skills and work towards exploring them.”