Raipur, May 13: Amidst the euphoria of a growing number of students scoring cent percent marks in different subjects across boards, there are also students whose hard work has not paid off. Student suicides, during this “results phase”, become alarmingly high. While the families and teachers of such unfortunate students should have been more supportive throughout their educational journeys, the media also plays a role by creating a highly charged atmosphere where nothing but exceptional success stories are discussed. As teachers and principals got busy congratulating toppers, an IAS Officer took to the social media to convince students to not get disheartened if their results are not as per expectations.
Awanish Kumar Sharan is currently serving as the Collector of Kawardha district
Awanish Kumar Sharan is an officer of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). He joined the services in 2009 and is currently serving as the Collector of the Kawardha district in Chhatisgarh. Sharan was shocked to hear about a Chhattisgarh student committing suicide due to poor scores in the recently declared state board results. He urged students through his Facebook page to not lose hope owing to poor results in any examination.
It is not the first time that a high ranked officer has used social media to convey such a message. A while back, the District Magistrate of Kota had written a letter to parents after multiple suicides of medical and engineering aspirants were registered in the city. The officer had requested all parents to consider their child’s interests and abilities before pushing them towards careers in these highly competitive fields. The letter achieved wide attention and was lauded by students and teachers everywhere. Although carrying a similar message, Sharan’s letter is different as he has used his own grades as a testimony to the fact that board exam scores cannot stop an individual from achieving his/her goals.
Sharan shared his own scores of 10th (44.5%), 12th (65%) and graduation (60.5%) to show students that grades do not decide their future
Sharan shared his own scores of 10th (44.5%), 12th (65%) and graduation (60.5%) saying that despite these low scores, he did not lose heart and kept persisting towards qualifying the UPSC civil services examinations. His message was also aimed for the parents of children who could not score well. He says in his post that “Today’s choices are not limited and the opportunities will keep coming as long as the students endeavour to persist with their mission.”
Sharan has always condemned the cut-throat competition that has become a defining feature of our education system. He has been hailed for enrolling his own daughter in an Aanganbari centre and later in a government school in his place of posting.