A village youth in the border district, which is badly affected by drug addiction, has set a new example for rural children by securing 13th rank in the examination of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Kerala, conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
After clearing all stages of the examination, including a five-day interview by the service selection board (SSB), Kirpa Singh, son of Kashmir Singh and Gurmeet Kaur, and resident of Jamarai village, 18-km from Tarn Taran, has been selected as assistant commandant in the Indian Coast Guard.
Kirpa said he completed his school education from a simple village school and did Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Sri Guru Angad Dev College, Khadoor Sahib, which is also situated in a remote area.
“My father wanted me to join the defence services. With the kind guidance of former police officer Saroop Singh Dhatt, IPS (retd), I set my goal of clearing the examination of INA while doing graduation. He and my parents helped me a lot in attaining success,” he said.
Describing the difficulties faced by him while achieving the goal, he said, “It was a big challenge for me as there were limited resources of coaching in the district, but I worked very hard and pursued the goal despite having failed in the first attempt.”
“The rural youth have plenty of potential and calibre and the only need is to provide guidance to them for availing requisite opportunities and education facilities. The youth must remain rooted to rich cultural values and teachings of gurus to curb the menace of drugs,” he added.
Expressing pleasure, Dhatt said a boy from a remote village had made a wonderful achievement by securing the 13th rank in a total of 70 candidates appearing in the national-level examination.
“In our times, half of the total candidates selected in NDA used to be from Punjab, but the drug menace and other evils have gripped the state and the representation of Punjabi youth has become negligible, which is a cause of concern. Kirpa Singh is a ray of hope in such times,” Dhatt added.
On reaching his alma mater, Sri Guru Angad Dev College, students and staff members accorded a warm welcome to Kirpa. Principal Surinder Bangar offered sweets to him. “He was very disciplined and obedient student of the college. He was conferred ‘Best student of the Year’ award and was also selected as the ‘Best Cadet’ in NCC camps a number of times,” said Bangar.