This coolie cracked the Civil Services with just a phone, earphones and free Wi-Fi

Being surrounded by books is routine for civil services aspirants, but for a for a coolie who cleared the Civil Services written test of the Kerala Public Service Commission, the preparation only consisted of his mobile phone equipped with the free Wi-Fi services available at Kerala's Ernakulam railway station, and a pair of earphones.
Education News It's true: Sreenath K is a high-school pass out porter hailing from Munnar, the nearest major railway station from which is Ernakulam, who cracked the KPSC exam.

About Sreenath, the coolie who cleared KPSC
  • Sreenath hails from Munnar, a town in the Western Ghats mountain range.
  • Sreenath has been earning his livelihood carrying heavy luggage at Ernakulam Junction in Kerala for the past five years.
  • Unlike his colleagues, the bright coolie deftly balances luggage on his shoulders and listens to his digital coursework at the same time to prepare for the Civil Services-- his teachers speaking to him through the earphones.
  • If he qualifies for KPSC after interview, the porter is likely to be a village field assistant under the land revenue department.

Free Railway Wi-Fi, a boon
  • The Wi-Fi service, launched in 2016 as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative, provides free Internet to passengers under Railwire, the retail broadband distribution model of RailTel Corporation of India Limited.
  • As of May 2018, at least 685 railway stations have been equipped with WiFi technology across the country, with the Indian Railways setting a target of providing the facility at all 8,500 stations by March 2019 at a cost of Rs. 700 crore.

Free Railway Wi-Fi helped Sreenath crack the Kerala Civil Services
A high school pass-out, the sharp coolie Sreenath has been taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi Internet service available at Ernakulam station to learn and mostly, to study for his Civil Services exam.
  • He said the free Wi-Fi service at the station opened up opportunities for him he never thought were available in the first place!
  • Several practice question papers, downloadable at a speed of 20-40 mbps, were amongst other things assisted the intuitive coolie to prepare for the Civil Services.
  • Along with that, he got easy access to online examination forms, and above everything else, he saved money on books.

Source: PTI
Published on 5/10/2018 1:21:00 PM
Sreenath K Ernakulam railway station Kerala Public Service Commission coolie Wi-Fi service

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