This Kerala coolie has set an example for us all (Image for representational purpose) Image: Flickr
Civil services examination and preps for it can be a nerve-racking experience, and millions of students are stressing over it right at this minute. Surrounded by a pile of books, mock tests, question papers, notes and course material, students try to consume as much knowledge as they can in order to ace the exams.
But Sreenath K, a coolie at Ernakulam Junction in Kerala, had a different approach while preparing for the civil services exam. Sreenath studied using the free railway WiFi while carrying out his duties as a porter at the station. He listened to audio material and lectures of teachers while earning his livelihood.
The sharp man cleared the written test of the Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) in his third attempt using just his phone and headphones. He's completed his high school education and takes advantage of the free WiFi Internet service available at Ernakulam station to study. *damn impressed*
"I have appeared thrice for the exam and this is the first time I used the WiFi at the station. What I do is put on my earphones and listen to the study material as I carry the luggage or solve questionnaires in my mind. This way I can study while I work. I revise all my work at night when I get free time," Sreenath told PTI .
Sreenath studied using the free railway WiFi while carrying out his duties as a porter at the station (Representational Image) Image: Thinkstock
Sreenath hails from Munnar, a town in the Western Ghats mountain range and has been working at the station for five years. But his life changed when Indian Railways launched the WiFi service in 2016, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative. It provides free Internet to passengers under RailWire, the retail broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India Limited.
He said the free WiFi service at the station opened up opportunities he never thought were available in the first place — reams of practice question papers, downloadable at a speed of 20-40 mbps, easy access to online examination forms, and above everything else, money saved on books.
If he aces the KPSC interview, he is likely to be a village field assistant under the land revenue department."I will keep studying. While I work as a coolie because I have the pressure of running my house, I will keep studying and appearing for exams. If I appear for enough exams, I am bound to get a good job," Sreenath said.
He has also applied for exams advertised recently by the Railways for 62,000 Group D posts of track man, cabin man, lever man, points man, gang man and others. "What is my ideal job? A person of some authority to change things in my village maybe," he said.
We just hope he clears the interview round and gets that job that he seeks. People like him reinstate our faith in the saying — "Where there's a will, there's always a way." Way to go Sreenath!
(With inputs from PTI)