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Quenching thirst for knowledge this lorry cleaner cleared eight Govt exams

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Bagalakote: In this competitive and corrupt world getting government job has turned difficult. Many people strive to hold single government job but a person from the District who once failed PUC now has declared eight government exams, and holds a government job too.

Shekappa Kalakappa Itagi hailed from Jalihal Village in Badami Taluk of the District is an ordinary person belonging to poor family whose parents were working as coolie in a bus stand. The family situation made Shekappa work as lorry cleaner, and also he once failed PUC examination too.

However, soon the ambition of holding government job inspired Shekappa to begin his studies again. He attempted PUC exams,and this time he passed the exams. Thereafter he took an admission for degree in Government First Grade College, which he cleared scoring 78 per cent. While studying degree his Professor G. G. Hiremath really inspired Shekappa to take up competitive exams. With this his life took a turn, and soon he completed BEd from Pavate College in Gadag. Beginning 2015-16, Shekappa started attending competitive exams, and he cracked eight of them.

First he was selected as Hostel Warden for Morarji Desai Residential School, Hostel Warden for Hostels of Social Welfare Department, Social Science teacher at Morarji Desai School, in 2020 he was selected as Inspector at Excise Department, and SDA in Department of Economic and Corporate among others. Presently he is working as Hostel Warden at Post-metric Hostel for Minorities at Gadag.

Shekappa Itagi is now preparing for KAS exams. Along with this he is also giving free coaching for poor and children of labourers.

Speaking to NewsKarnataka, Shekappa Itagi said that poverty and difficult situations of life taught me lot of life lessons. I have worked as labourer for three years and then as lorry cleaner. But the thirst for studies never faded, and it led me forward. I have a dream to clear KAS and become an officer, he added.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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