Jan 8th, 2021

IIT Bombay graduate takes up Railway Group D service for 'job safety'


A post-graduate engineer from India’s premier institute for engineering, IIT Bombay has taken up the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Group D job in Dhanbad, according to a report in Hindustan Times. Shravan Kumar, who holds B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from IIT Bombay will be working as a trackman in the Dhanbad railway division. He has been posted at Chandrapura under Public Works Inspector (PWI), Telo and looks after the track maintenance between Chandrapura and Telo section. His job includes manual inspection of the tracks.

As to why has the engineer taken up a Group D job after passing out from the prestigious IIT, the answer, as shared by him was ‘the safety and security that a government jobs offers’.

Kumar's joining Railway Group D post is also a surprise for many senior officers of the Dhanbad railway division. They had never thought that such a highly qualified engineer with an IIT degree would opt for a Group'D' post for which the basic qualification required is to pass Class 10 Board Exam. Therefore, an IITian accepting RRB Group D Post is a surprise to many.

Shrawan hails from Bihar's capital Patna. He pursued his engineering from IIT Bombay under an integrated duel degree course in 2010. He completed his B.Tech + M.Tech programme from IIT Bombay in 2015. He said that he always wanted to become a government servant.

Shrawan Kumar is confident of cracking an ‘officer-level’ role in the Government sector soon. His IITian friends who are in various jobs in private sector failed to convince him to change his mind.

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