Wednesday, June 23, 2021

No competitive spirit

It is a fact that all students’ harbour rich desires. Some wants to be doctors, some engineers, etc. The development of this mentality is due to the ambience around. But one fails to discern as to why this hasn’t been extended to civil services as well. A student in our society is fed with the importance of matriculation examination as he approaches the same. As he clears the first hurdle, people from all around start blowing the trumpet of medical examination and as such cajole and coerce (in a majority of cases) a student to take up medical subjects. He/she roams around tuition centres for more than two years and if he/she is among the lucky ones, he/she makes it to the medical colleges. If not then he/she ends up earning the wrath of relatives and parents who accuse him of continuous negligence and blame his/her careless attitude for his/her failure. It is a pertinent fact that medical and engineering degrees forms the crux of professional services and an entry into these colleges is a significant achievement. But what is more important than that is an entry into the prestigious Indian civil services. Over the years several generations have overlooked this prestigious field and thus it has lead to a serious deficiency of our people in the civil services. Why our people are giving less interest in this kind of competitive examination is anybody’s guess? For the IAS examination candidates from other states are taking participation more enthusiastically than Naga candidates. And during the last two years or more there has been very low to nil percentage of IAS qualifiers from the state. As a result of this, we are seeing less representation of Naga officers in the state administration today and even in future. Our writers, educationists, bureaucrats, doctors, and intellectuals have been invariably contributing on varying subjects to buff their creative prowess. Although all concerns are being touched by these elevated classes of the society, starting from routine and lacklustre politics, but an indispensable issue of declining representation of our youth in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is being ignored. Don’t we have a duty here to infuse interest among our youths to compete for this service and thereby ensure their participation in the state administrative set up? Our youth have been witnessing and experiencing turbulent situation for decades now and they have not been able to prod themselves with the much needed information, source materials and exposure to such competitive examinations. Also we don’t inculcate in them the spirit of competitiveness and create awareness that there are chances for them to make entry into many superior professions, provided they strive hard and show interest like their counterparts in other parts of the country. It is also true that our colleges and universities have not been able to guide and help the aspirants and also have been providing traditional education continuously and this has made our youth apathetic to think about other things in life. Isn’t it time that we encourage them to excel and explore the possibilities of their entry in the passageways of authority which is very important for the survival of the state. A mere focus on politics alone won’t serve our society, but an entry into the civil services will boost the morale of the upcoming generation. We write about religion, personalities, drugs, politics, etc. but somehow shy away from our responsibility with respect to writing about the civil services. Yes, religion is important for those who believe in it, personalities are important as their inspiring lives encourage the youth, drug and HIV menace tells us about the hazards of drugs, politics gives an idea about the raging issues or disputes, but civil services and administration are unbelievably important and an immaculate part of our set up. We can proceed on by appreciating the ones who have qualified it. Focus on a few areas will not serve any purpose and this has to be expanded to a wider area.