BERHAMPUR: A group of youths of the city have started to take up part-time jobs to finance their own education.
It comes as welcome change at a time when education is fast becoming a major burden on parents. These youths are also an example for the youngsters who bring up extra financial burdens for their trivial expenses during their college days. These youths are also idolise the dignity of labour in time when ‘to work’ has become a derogatory term for youths getting educated, said Bighneswar Sahu of the city.
One such youth is Y.Bhaskar Rao. Financial compulsions of his family were a major stumbling block in the path of his education. His parents used to make sweets at home and sell them to small kiosks in the city. Since past six years he is working at a petrol outlet. But the desire to be educated has not subsided in him. After a hard day at the petrol pump, he takes up computer classes in the evening. He is also preparing for his secondary school board examination. Every morning J.Anant spends three hours in the office of the Ganjam Chamber of Commerce in the city. He takes up the role of computer operator at this office. But at 2 p.m. he changes his grab to that of a student and rushes to the Khallikote Autonomous College to attend his classes. He is admitted into the Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) course of the institute. According to him through this job he gathers up his pocket money and expenses for his study materials. Moreover he is also gaining much needed work experience while he is studying.
At the same office of the local Chamber of Commerce, N.V. Suresh works as an attendant. Along with his job he keeps close eye on the discussions on trading that occurs in the office. He has hopes that he would take up commerce as a profession in future. He has also got admitted into the B.Com course of the Berhampur University through distance education. He is financing his own education.
These youths are proud of their job. They have no regret that youth of there age may be spending more than their monthly income on their frivolous expenses. But life has made them understand the value of money and education from a young age.