English has always been the preferred medium in the UPSC. In this context, it is heartening to note that UPSC Civil Services Examination 2016 topper Ms. Nandini KR appeared in examination in Kannada. She also took Kannada as her optional subject in the Mains Examination. The third topper also wrote Mains Examination in Telugu.
The hegemony of English needs to be broken at the highest level. The Government of India has always shown worst kind of attitude towards Hindi and other scheduled languages of India. It is high time when students took upon themselves to break the barrier.
Nandini KR could have given examination in English. She has done Engineering from M S Ramaiya Institute with Civil Engineering. Needless to say, English was her medium of study during Engineering. She is, in fact, quite comfortable in English. Yet, she decided to appear in the UPSC CSE with Kannada shows confidence and guts.
Not only people of Karnataka, but entire India who wants to preserve the linguistic diversity of the nation, salute her for this endeavor.
Coaching Class of Nandini KR
Nandini was working with PWD department of Karnataka. She was also preparing for Civil Services. However, she couldn’t crack it in her first two attempts. She decided to quit job. She went to Delhi for exhaustive preparation. She joined Vajiram and Ravi Coaching Institute, Rajendra Nagar.
What was her medium during this phase? It was English. She used to stay in a hostel near her coaching institute. Obviously, she is also comfortable in Hindi.
In this context, it seems to be a brave decision on the part of Nandini. She will be remembered for years to come not only for being the topper, but also for upholding the sanctity of Kannada Language.
We all wish Nandini a bright future as an IAS officer.
Some Interesting Facts about Nandini KR
- Nandini is an Engineering Graduate from a private college. This is the first time that someone from a private engineering college becomes the topper of UPSC CSE.
- Nandini is from Kolar Gold Fields. Her family still stays in the village.
- Nandini took coaching from Vajiram and Ravi, Delhi.
- This was Nandini KR fourth attempt.
- Nandini is an OBC by caste.
- At this juncture, Nandini KR’s age is 27 years.