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Polio fails to deter youth chase career dream

- Success mantra since childhood runs from Purnea village to Indian Engineering Service

Youngsters throng the house of Gaurav Kumar Singh to follow in his footsteps.

But to fit into his shoes is not easy. For, Gaurav achieved the all-India rank of 151 in general category of the Indian Engineering Service (IES) in spite of his left leg being affected with polio since childhood.

“If you are self-confident and a hard worker and dedicated to your ambition, all the hurdles move away and you will taste success. I had nurtured my dream since my childhood to become an engineer that has turned true now. For such success, I maintained consistency in my studies in spite of several obstacles which is the key to my success,” the 24-year-old youth of Sirsia village said.

Not many from his village, around 310km northeast of Patna, have cracked the exam that will ensure an assistant executive engineer’s job in a central government department.

After three to four years of service, the assistant executive engineers can work in the post of executive engineer, which is equivalent to under secretary to the Union government. Those who have 20 years of service will be promoted to the post of chief engineer level-1.

Besides being physically challenged, the youth had to face financial constraints, too. As Gaurav’s father Dhananjay Kumar Singh is an agent with an insurance company, he had to take quite troubles to pay Gaurav’s institute’s fees at the engineering college and other expenses for his studies. Gaurav said: “Because of physical disability, it was difficult for me travel to and from the institute, as I was staying outside the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in Delhi. I completed my BTech in mechanical engineering in 2011. The university does not provide hostel facilities to every student because of large number of students and limited seats.”

However, Dhananjay met the expenses for his son’s studies with cooperation from his in-laws.

Gaurav, the eldest among three siblings, completed his primary and secondary examinations from Rangada village of Bhagalpur district. At this village, Gaurav used to live with his maternal grandfather Saryug Prasad Singh, who was a schoolteacher and contributed a lot for the village’s welfare.

In most of the cases, students, who get enrolled in science stream after the secondary examination, keep their ambition of either being a doctor or engineer but hardly 1 per cent or less get success. “Aiming for something is different thing and dedicating to this goal is different. Those who put their wholehearted action with ambition will only get success,” Gaurav said.

Those who have experience up to 32 years — after joining as assistant executive engineers — will be promoted as secretary to the Union government. Indian Railway, Indian Defence Service, Geological Survey of India, Indian Supply Service and Indian Telecommunication Service are some of the areas where engineers can look for a career.

Is it too early to dream such a career? “As I said, to be an engineer has been my dream for long. I don’t know what will happen next,” said Gaurav, who was seen attending to a call from an IES aspirant from Rangada village where he completed his education. “Set a goal, try to achieve it,” he told the caller.