When one thinks about women’s empowerment and quality of life for women in Kerala an officer at hands reach has a bunch of points to share. Kollam collector Dr. S. Chitra could exemplify the adage ‘If there is a will there is a way’, through her life. Chitra belongs to IAS Batch, 2014. Her first appointment is in Kollam. Sitting in Ashramam guest house, Kollam, Chitra shares her awesome story.
”Girls should come forward to choose IAS as their profession. Our world is not restricted to a single frame. It has lots of dimensions. Girls should be aware of it. Don’t restrict their talents only in the frame of internet or whatsapp. Many opportunities await in this world for you. You should recognize it and come forward. You are the person appointed to write your destiny. No other hands can do this and not let them to do. In the administrative level two ladies have prominent roles to play. Nothing is impossible with self confidence and mental presence.
“To seek advice from elders is good. But should realize our own capabilities. Civil service is not at all a strange field to girls. Haritha V. Kumar, Dr. Renu Raj etc. stand in front of us as the best examples with their great achievements in CIvil Services Examination.
“It was my childhood dream to become an IAS officer. When I was studying in school IAS officers Lida Jacob, V.P. Joy came there. I was attracted by their speech. I realized words have the magical power to turn our life. That inspired me to work hard with the aim of becoming an IAS officer”- She says.
She hails from Nangiarkulangara, Alappuzha. Born to Shyamaprasad, an employee in Health department and Leela, a teacher in the SNM U.P. School, Muthukulam. Her school education was in Kayamkulam S. N. Central School. Plus two course was at Bathani Balikamadom Higher Secondary School, Nangiarkulangara. Then joined in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences for MBBS and passed out in 2012. Worked as a doctor at Kattappana Community Health Centre for six months. But she didn’t give up her life’s dream to become an IAS officer.
“By giving up the chance to do PG in Surgery, I joined for IAS coaching in the Civil service academy and Edu Zone. My main subjects were Malayalam and medicine. I like to read Malayalam books. Fiction is my favorite.
“I have great passion to medical profession too and wish to do something in the medical field. I am in the search for that opportunity. I wish to do something for the ladies. Have plans in my mind to conduct Social awareness classes, health packages for ladies with the involvement of ‘kudumba Shree’ and other agencies.
“Traveling and photography are my other passion. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than travel. Meeting interesting and diverse people around the world, connecting with them and learning about their perspectives on how to live life, has enriched my life and my knowledge about the world in a way that is beyond words” Chitra is elate.dage
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