Himanshu Kumar IAS from IGNOU
Aiming high and aspiring to be a part of the “news making” fraternity, 24-year-old Himanshu Kumar has added the diamond to the crown of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) by becoming the third student ever of the University to crack the Civil Services Examination. A student of second year MA (Public Administration) in the University, Kumar has got 141st rank in the Civil Services Examination 2009 Merit list. “Since my childhood I wanted to be an IPS officer and take care of the nation through my good deeds,” Kumar said today. Hailing from Champaran district in Bihar, Kumar is a graduate from University of Delhi in Journalism. “I could have also done a Post Graduate course from a media institute and then write news. But I opted to become a newsmaker,” he said. Before graduation, Kumar son of a farmer, studied his 10 + 2 from Delhi with 81.2% marks while his middle schooling was done in Assam. At present, Kumar is living in the national capital with his younger brother. Talking about his course at IGNOU, Kumar said, “My course material helped me a lot in preparing for my entrance exam. There are no textbooks available for some topics in the Civil Services Examination and I had an edge because I was studying with IGNOU.” “I came to know that some of the other students appearing for IAS also refer to IGNOU course materials not only in Public Administration but also for Sociology,” he elborated.
Replying to a question if at any point he felt that open schooling was not correct, its a commom perspective among the general public, Kumar said, “It is not true. Also in my case, I had opted for IGNOU because no other university in Delhi provides this course, not even at under graduate level.” “I had taken the right decision,” he said.
Himanshu is currently waiting to join either the IAS or the IPS, his first two options at the Civil Services. Having cracked his first year in MA with 64 per cent marks, Kumar is also gearing up to appear for the second year examinations at IGNOU next month.
A university spokesperson said, “Kumar's achievement will prove to be a great motivation for all learners of IGNOU and will induce them to now determined more wider goals.” He also stated that Kumar was the third ever student from the university to crack the exam. And “Earlier, two IGNOU graduates had cracked it in the year 2007,”