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At 33, Orissa Minister to sit for higher secondary exam

Satyasundar Barik

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa's Science and Technology and Information Technology Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi is having a hectic time now.

While tackling the pressures of his department as budget session of the State assembly is on, Mr. Majhi has to find time to go through textbooks. The Minister is appearing for his Higher Secondary Examination this year.

Unperturbed

The news of a Minister appearing for Plus Two (Arts) examination under the Council of Higher Secondary Education , Orissa, may have surprised many, but Mr. Majhi was unperturbed.

“I had no time to pay proper attention to education while building my political career since 1995-96. Now I have started to feel that my life is unaccomplished without an education. I am trying to acquire at least a bachelor's degree. The Higher Secondary is the first step towards achieving the goal,” the Orissa Minister said.

Just sat for Oriya exam

The State Information Technology Minister just sat for Mother Indian Language (Oriya) examination at Panabeda Mahavidyalay, under Chandalandi Block in tribal-dominated Nawarangpur district.

He would write papers in subjects such as English, Political Science, Economics and History. He has been provided a special room to appear for the examination.

Mr. Majhi discontinued his studies from Biju Patnaik College, Bhubaneswar in 1995 when his father was a Minister.

“At the age of 20, I became chairman of Chandalandi Block, at 25, Zilla Parishad member, at 27, youngest legislator of the State and at 31, perhaps the youngest Minister after being re-elected to the State Assembly. Where was the time to study?” Mr. Majhi asked.

When quizzed if he was feeling uncomfortable while appearing for the Higher Secondary Examination, the 33-year-old Minister said: “Before I made up my mind to sit for the examination, the feeling of awkwardness used to haunt me. Now I do not feel embarrassed — better late than never.”

Mr. Majhi is arriving here on March 18 for the budget session while keeping the next examination dates free of any official engagements. Ironically, the Minister is appearing for examination in the college where he is a member of the management committee.

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