KOLAR: Parents of UPSC exam topper KR Nandini played a big role in their daughter’s achievement. Kolar-based Kembodi Ramesh and Vimalamma have a teaching background. Ramesh, who is a high school teacher at Mudavadi village, said although they hail from an agricultural family, they decided to encourage Nandini to achieve her goal.
“While studying in Class 5 itself, Nandini would say she would join IAS so that she could become a deputy commissioner,” recalled her father. Mother Vimalamma said she was working as a teacher in a private school but quit the job 15 years ago so that Nandini could pursue her dream of becoming an IAS officer.
Nandini, who studied at Kolar Chinmaya School up to Class 10, secured 96 per cent and later joined Alva’s College in Moodbidri for her PU, where she scored 94 per cent in PCM. Vimalamma said her daughter did not lose heart when she did not succeed in earlier attempts at getting through IAS. Ramesh’s friend Nagaraj said the parents even took loans to fund Nandini’s education so that she could pursue her ambition. Nandini, who did her BE (Civil) from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, has worked as an engineer in Delhi’s Karnataka Bhavan.