Ramaswamy Iyer colony in the city erupted in celebrations on Monday night, as Dr V Sreeram, second rank holder in this year’s Civil Service Examinations came home for the first time after results were announced. As Sreeram alighted from the car, fireworks were set off and sweets were distributed to everyone present at the house.
Speaking to Express, Sreeram said that the happiness of his family and friends is what thrills him the most. “I never expected such a celebration with all family members present here to welcome me”, he said. He was welcomed inside his house with a traditional Brahmin puja.
Sreeram said he never expected a good rank in the civil service examination. “After the examination, I was more relaxed that I could do better than last year. I did not dream of the second rank this time”, he admitted. “Civil Service was not my childhood ambition. I first thought about it during the final year of MBBS at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. In the final year, I was confused over my future and then thought of trying a hand in Civil Service. I went for coaching classes at the Kerala State Civil Service Academy, Thiruvananthapuram. Combined studies helped me do well in the examination”, said Sreeram. When asked about his career goals as Civil Servant, he said, “Now I have not set any aim. But the life of a civil servant has a lot of responsibilities and I am looking forward to it”, Sreeram said. He also commented that since he really liked being a doctor, it would not be hard to don the role of a Civil Service Officer. “Both the professions are service oriented. Both these professions focus on working for the people”, he pointed out.
Sreeram came home on leave from his MD (General Medicine) studies at Sriram Chandra Bhanj Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. Sreeram did his schooling at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Kochi.
He is excited to meet his friends and would be travelling to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, where he did his MBBS, on Wednesday. He has also been invited for a meeting with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Governor Nikhil Kumar at Thiruvananthapuram.
Sreeram is the son of P R Venkitaraman, a former teacher of the Zoology Department, St Albert’s College, Ernakulam and Rajam, an employee of the State Bank of India. His sister is also pursuing her MBBS.