A humble coolie at Kerala’s Ernakulam Railway station has managed to clear the state’s public civil services examination and credits Indian Railways’ free WiFi service for his success, as reported by PTI. Sreenath K who hails from the picturesque Munnar has been working as a heavy luggage coolie at the railway station for the past five years.
In order to pass his examination, Sreenath sought the help of a digital course, which he used to listen to while working. As quoted by PTI, Sreenath claimed it was his third attempt at the Kerala Public Service Commission examination. This year though was the first time sought the help of the WiFi available at the station.
Using the WiFi and its commendable speed of 20 to 20 Mbps, he used to download question papers, access examination forums and even saved money on buying books.
In order to listen to the study material, Sreenath used to put on his earphones while working and even solved questions mentally. Then at night when he was done with work he used to revise in his free time.
Sreenath though isn’t going to stop at Kerala’s state government job and has also applied for the Railways’ Group D posts like trackmen, gangmen among others. He claims that he will continue studying and appearing for examinations, which might someday get him a good job. He defines a “good job” as something which will enable him to change things in his village.
Such stories of students overcoming all odd to clear competitive examinations also extend to the UPSC exam. We had recently reported how the son of a poor tea seller in Rajasthan was on the verge of becoming an IAS officer after bagging the 82nd rank in UPSC.
The boy’s father who used to run a tea stall in Jaisalmer had despite his hardships left no stones unturned to support his son at every step, which included taking out a loan to fund his studies.