Dimapur, May 3: Swapneel Paul, who recently had secured 64th rank in UPSC examination today interacted with the students of St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School and shared his experiences, life struggles and future prospects with them.
He was present in the school as a guest on the occasion of the inauguration of science stream and Zenith Institute.
Interacting with the students, he shared that becoming an IAS officer has been his dream but it wasn’t always his only dream as he had different dreams in each stage of his life which eventually led to the dream that has accomplished now, nevertheless, it isn’t the culmination of his dreams as he now dreams to serve the society in the best possibly way that he can.
“Dream on. If you stop dreaming, you are a dead person,” he said.
Replying to a question by a teacher regarding the educational reforms that the state of Nagaland needs in the present juncture, Swapneel said that it isn’t the case of Nagaland alone but is prevalent in the entire educational structure of different states on India that answers written by students word by word from books attract more marks comparing to those who don’t write in such a way and this needs to be changed as this effects the creativity and critical thinking of the students.
He also stressed on the need of ‘value education’ in the school curriculum saying it is the most important subject for the students but no one pays much heed to the subject.
Answering students how he prepared for the exams, he said that anyone who is sincere, not necessarily serious can do it and with the internet revolution it has become easier than ever to prepare for the exams as it can be done now from the comforts of home unlike his time back in 2013 when though internet existed, it hadn’t had exploded to such an extent and to prepare for exams, he had to move to Delhi, join institutes, take hardcopy notes and then get prepared for the exams.
On the question of why he chose to be an IAS officer, he said that it is because of enormous exposure and diversity of the service.
His father and a practicing advocate Swapan Paul, speaking about his son in front of the gatherings of hundreds of students besides the staffs said that though the news of his securing 64th rank was picked up first by Assam’s media which created a misconception that Swapneel belongs to Assam, he is but from Nagaland and he (Swapan Paul) and his wife had even did their schoolings from Dimapur Railway High School and their family had settled in Nagaland for decades.
Swapneel also inaugurated ‘Zenith Institute’ in the school premise which is a platform to enhance the performance of the students at National Entrance Level in the field of Science (Medical/Engineering) to prepare for entrance which is open for students for any school.
Established in the year 1992, the school which already had higher secondary classes for Arts and Commerce introduced Science this year with a capacity for 80 students for now.
(Page News Service)