Farmer's son cracks IES in Odisha
Overcoming poverty, an Odia boy from humble and impoverished background has cracked the coveted Indian Engineering Service (IES).

Son of a small and marginal farmer, Sishir Kumar Pradhan from Niginipur village in Odisha's Kendrapara district has made the cut for IES. While Sishirs parents and siblings are overjoyed as the news reached the village, the residents were also elated.

There is no shortcut to success. Where there is a will, opportunities would open up galore regardless of constraints and stumbling blocks, he said over phone.

"I have seen trials and tribulations of life from early age. My father is a small and marginal farmer. With great hardship, he provided me the monetary support for studies. I did not let him down. My perseverance, parental support besides divine blessings, helped me to come out successful in IES,"  he said.

"I am a farmer. I own 1.5 acre of land. My income was limited. Sishir was brilliant in studies. He passed HSC examination from Nrusinghjew high school of the village. He later read plus two science in Kendrapara autonomous college.

Later he made it to prestigious National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and did his degree course in electrical engineering. Now he was studying M Tech course in NIT, Bhopal, said a delighted Babaji Charana Pradhan, father of Sishir.

"At 25, he has achieved all that millions of his age can only dream of. His brilliant achievement has left millions of English-medium school students way behind", said Binod Kumar Pradhan a teacher of Nrusinghjew high school where Sishir had studied.

After the degree course from NIT, Rourkela, I am now doing M.Tech on renewable energy at NIT in Bhopal. Rural India cannot prosper with the expensive and unreliable power grid.

Only renewable energy can accelerate rural economy for both economic independence and sustainable development”, Sishir who arrived at his village on Tuesdday, said.