IFS aspirant Vindhuja turns coir worker to earn money for coaching classes
Cherthala: Vindhuja, a coir worker here, dreams of becoming an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer. Before starting coaching for the IFS preliminary exam, she has to overcome poverty in her life. But amidst the financial challenges, this 21-year-old girl is determined to achieve her dreams.
She joined the coir factory as a helper to raise money for her coaching classes. Vindhuja bagged the award for best NSS volunteer in the state. She got the good news on the award while working at the factory. Vindhuja joined the coir factory at Pattanakkad after completing her graduation. She is daughter of Vattakkara natives Sabu and Sheeba.
In 2019, she participated in the national republic day parade representing Kerala. According to Vindhuja, around Rs 1.5 lakh is needed for primary IFS coaching and other expenditure. As her elder sister’s marriage is fixed, her family is unable to raise such a huge amount for her studies.
Vindhuja had decided to turn coir factory worker after realizing the financial issues of her father who is engaged in the wood cutting job. “I have to work hard for a year. Through the job, I have to earn money and start coaching,” said Vindhuja.
She completed BSC Zoology from Cherthala St. Michaele’s college. Vindhuja who served as NSS volunteer in Plus Two at Kandamangalam school was an active NSS volunteer in her college. She was elected as the best NSS volunteer with her social service. Her teacher Dr Tenny David and P Pratheesh motivated her to prepare for IFS.
Apart from social service, she proved her expertise in vegetable farming, aquaponics and cricket.