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Vejayanantham TR, IFS
IFS 2018 Batch allocated to Madhya Pradesh Cadre
Current Posting : Range Incharge, IFS Officer Trainee, East Mandla Division, Madhya Pradesh
Home District - Namakkal
Native State - Tamil Nadu
Education- Computer Science Engineering
Previous career - Software Developer
Hello everyone, Happy to get connected with you all through MCRHRDI Alumni connect. I am Vejayanantham TR, IFS (Indian Forest Service) Officer of 2018 Batch, Madhya-Pradesh Cadre. I would like to share my story and the way MCR shaped me during my foundational course.
I was born and brought up in Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu. I completed Computer Science Engineering at Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Later, I started working as a Software developer for about one and a half years.
Since childhood, I had been inspired from the works of my father and my Uncle who both were a Group C employee. Once, my father was an executive head of Tribal Self-Help Group of Kolli hills in Tamil Nadu.
During those times, I studied Vth standard accompanied by my father to Women SHG. I got an opportunity to spend time with them while they were processing tribal produce like honey and other local arts.
With my father's intervention, the tribal products received remuneration which helped them for their survival. At a very small age, these incidents made a footprint in my heart that led to a realization that true happiness exists from serving the people. In order to directly engage in the field for public service and meeting the people from various corners of life, I aspired to become a civil servant. So, I started preparing for the civil service examination during weekends while I was working in a Software company. Later, I quit the job and took up a full-time civil service preparation. Initially, I came to write the civil service examination to become an IAS officer. But with increasing awareness towards environmental issues and my personal interest on Ecological conservation & tribal development, I wrote and cleared Indian Forest Service examination conducted by UPSC in the year 2017 and thus I have become a part of Indian Forest Service fraternity in specific and Civil servants family at large.
After getting into the coveted service, I entered MCRHRDI for my Foundational Course.93rd FC at MCRHRDI is one of the largest batches with 300+ IFS, IPS, IRS and other central services officers from various States and UTs of India. Thus, the diversity itself gave enough colors to the Foundational course. The Freedom and Support given by the honorable Director, Course Director and other Faculty members were unmatchable. This made myself and others to push our limits and enlarge our horizon to try new things. Thus, I explored myself in photography skills (during various treks and events of FC), management skills (as a member of Nature’s club of MCR and leader of dance teams during cultural events), public speaking skills (as a presenter for few events of MCR).I gave my best on whatever opportunities knocked my door.As a result, I was awarded Silver medal for showing Camaraderie to fellow officer trainees, Gold medal for FETE conducted to raise funds for School children , bronze medal for best club and 2nd Prize for my team for India day performance. This gave enough boost for me to continue pursuing these skills in my Professional training at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.
At IGNFA, I participated in various Photography contests and won 1st prize, our IFS 2018 batch won 2nd prize in Inter-Service meet’s cultural event held at LBSNAA (I lead the dance team), initiative of Souvenir committee led by me and my team was selected as best initiative of the batch. Above all, I have been selected for Prestigious Hari Singh Fellowship based on merit that offers PG Diploma in Advance Wildlife Management in Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. This course will help me to become an expert member for any wildlife related matters for the Government of India.
I thank MCRHRDI for honing my skills and thus giving me confidence to pursue them wherever I go. I am deeply indebted to MCRHRD and its people for giving me a lifelong network of friends and well-wishers through 93rd FC thus making my life memorable and colorful.
Proud MCR-ian Forever!
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