Parents should think beyond doctors and engineers, says IAS Dr Madhavi Khode
late, women empowerment has been the societal buzzword with much emphasis being
laid upon making the fairer sex self-sufficient, decisive and in authoritative
position. Lending one of the finest examples to this cause is Dr. Madhavi Khode,
an IAS officer of Maharashtra, who has been a topper and a gold medalist
throughout her education. Dr Khode has an innate capacity to be different from
others and an urge to excel. She has a very different perspective towards life
and the society.
In an interactive session with Nagpur Today, Commissioner of
Tribal Welfare Dr. Madhavi Khode shared her journey of making it to the coveted
post. She also viewed that nothing comes easy in life and one must struggle hard
to achieve the goals and dreams.
The school days…
She studied in two-schools – Nagar Palika School and Abhyankar Kanya Shala
from class 1 to 10. She stood 5th in the merit list in her Secondary School
Certificate Examination (SSC) in Yavatmal.
She then came to Nagpur to pursue her Higher Secondary Education. She did her
XIth and XIIth in Science stream from Shivaji Science College. Here again she
stood first merit in Science stream that year.
She then went on to do her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBBS) from
Government Medical College and Hospital. Here too she got a Gold Medal in
Very supportive and encouraging husband
Though she did get admission to do her Diploma in Gynecology
& Obstetrics, she was somehow not willing to complete the Diploma. She said this
job was not giving her job-satisfaction nor was appealing to her liking. When
she explained her discomfort in the vocation, her very understanding and doting
husband assured of being with her in her thick and thin. It was her husband who
urged her to attempt UPSC. She felt that most doctors cater to one class only,
but if she becomes an IAS officer, her decisions will affect and benefit masses.
With a determination, the young couple made plans of her giving UPSC.
They knew very well that giving UPSC will incur huge
expenses. Once the young couple decided that they will have to go to Delhi, her
husband Dr Suresh Chawre, a Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon took up the job as
Senior Resident Doctor in Maulana Azad Medical College and Hospital. This made
it possible for the young couple to stay in the Hostel for Resident Doctors.
Persistent efforts yielded results
Dr. Madhavi said that UPSC is an unpredictable examination.
Anything under the sun can be asked in the examination. The first time, she
appeared for the examinations, it was to get to know the nuances of the exams
and to get the feel of the examination. The second attempt, she claimed did not
have adequate inputs and so missed passing the UPSC exams by one mark. This did
not deter her.
With renewed vigour and enthusiasm, she studied will all her heart, mind and
body and gave her 100 per cent in her efforts and passed the UPSC. So much so
that she was the All India topper in Psychology.
Need for parents to change their view
While speaking to Nagpur Today, Dr Madhavi said that from
ages, parents believe that there are only two professional courses that bring
respect and good financial results. One is a Doctor’s profession and the second
is Engineer’s job. They cannot think anything beyond that.
So, what about the youngsters, they to do not think anything
beyond this? Their first choice is MBBS or BE. So there is an urgent need to
create an awareness among the parents and the youngsters that there are other
professions and careers that brings honour and gets good salaries too.
Courtesy: Nagpur Today