June 7, 2003 

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Ministhy, Arashumood, near Kulathur, Thiruvananthapuram

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It was an inspiring story from USA that finally made Ministhy, Associate Manager, Corporate Learning and Development at IT giant Infosys decide that Civil Service was her destination.  The story was of a 29-year-old who left his lucrative job with the AT&T at USA and took up the Civil Services Examination in the last batch and who passed out ranking second.  Reading the story she thought, “if he can do it, why can’t I?”

So in 2001, approaching the age of 30, she finally took the plunge.  Her efforts bore fruit when she passed the examination ranking 27th in the All India list in her first and last chance.

Soon after graduation from College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, Ministhy had  joined Steel Authority of India Limited, before moving on to IBS and finally to Infosys.  In the meanwhile she had acquired an MBA from XLRA, Jamshedpur.

A brilliant student all through, she bagged 13th rank in SSLC, 2nd rank in PUC and passed her B.Tech with distinction.

Her marriage to Dilip Ramachandran, currently Technical Services Manager at the IBS Software’s US office, was the turning point in her professional life too.  “We got married when I was studying and later joined Dilip at SAIL.  I became a mother, joined IBS and later moved to Infosys, Bangalore, and finally achieved my dream of a career in Civil Services.  None of this would have been possible if Sandra, my daughter, was not looked after by my father R.Sreekantan Nair and mom C.G.Thankamma, both retired officers from the Accountant General’s office,” she says.

She hasn’t finished her dream of academic pursuits yet.  “Now I have to get a doctorate and then may be pursue a course in law,” says this mother of 4½-old.




Courtesy: Kamal Gopinath, The New Indian Express, May 10, 2003

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