Defeating impediments: Successful Career building in an Esoteric WorldJune 2, 2022 2022-08-08 15:31
Defeating impediments: Successful Career building in an Esoteric World
Mr. Ravi Antil
Assistant Professor, MVSIT
“He can’t meet the expectations of our school.” These are the words an admission counselor told my parents when I was trying to take admission in a reputed school of my city in my childhood. The counselor did not intend them as malicious, but instead was arming my parents with the knowledge that our curriculum is not designed for those who have rural background. I was not the first from rural background to have this judgment placed upon me and will definitely not be the last. However, as a Research Scholar and Associate Professor in one of the best institution of the same city, I can say that I did not let those words decide my future; and I hope that many others can do the same.
My name is Ravi Antil, and I was born in a combined rural family having my grandparents as farmers, a few homemaking ladies and hardworking members, an uneducated but loving family. Fortunately, my father had cleared the exam of 10th class in Hindi medium from a government school of my village and joined Indian army as a clerk. He tried hard to adjust there because all the work he had to do over there was in English only. He was not familiar with typing and drafting which were the essential requirements for the job. This was not only a job but an extreme challenge for him to survive as a clerk in the office. He use to tell the stories now also to me that how he brought a dictionary and learned 15 new words on daily basis and overcame the fear of English as well as typing. That Bhargava’s dictionary, used by him in those days is now also available with me, having old yellow pages but with a bright and clear inspiration to me.
This small story always inspired me a lot and a strong believe system was generated in my mind that I can do it, everything is easy to do with a strong will power. These believe system works throughout in my career whenever I had faced any kind of challenge anywhere. Now when he heard the counselor about me he smiled and denied the admission in that school and promised me that one day you will compete and do better than the students of this school. It was at this point that many people assumed I would give up, rather than try to overcome the barriers that became greater with each passing year. However, everyone faces challenges, so I did my best to acquire the resources needed to maintain academic and extracurricular success. It turned out that in many cases, the solutions were often simple. When it became difficult to speak in English, I had someone talk with me at my home like my sister and father both were trying to speak a bit with me. Simple solutions like this allowed me to grow and think positively.
I am now proud to say that I have done graduation and post graduation and now pursuing my Ph.D, all from “A” Grade University, feeling like I was not beyond anyone for what I set my mind to. I am now working as an Associate Professor in Electronics and Communication Department in MVSIT, one of the best institutes affiliated to GGSIPU in Delhi NCR. It is not easy. My endurance is not comparable to a distracted individual. But, I know that I am making a difference. For all others comes from rural background, do not despair when facing the numerous barriers of living in an inaccessible world.
No one is alone in their fight and there are resources out there to help you succeed, so long as you continue to seek them out. As long as we do not give up, we are making a difference.Mr. Ravi Antil