A childhood dream realised, with resolve

Hamna Mariyam.   | Photo Credit: K_RAGESH;K_RAGESH -

B.A. Hamna Mariyam, a young teacher from Kozhikode, has bagged the 28th rank in the Civil Services Examination, the results of which were published on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Friday, Ms. Hamna was candid about her views and future plans.

“I dreamt of being a civil servant right since I was in school. Choosing a career other than medicine or engineering was a trial at that stage. But, five years at the Ramjas College, Delhi University, learning literature turned my life around. There, I had a better exposure to the pluralistic nature of our nation and I learnt to see things in a holistic manner,” said Ms. Hamna, while wishing that the campuses in Kerala too would have a similar student-centric learning atmosphere.

Having been vocal about her political views in the past, she is looking forward to her life as a civil servant. “One’s political views have no place in civil service. A civil servant has to be impartial and open-minded.”

She was all praise for the State government’s support for civil service aspirants from Kerala. “The Civil Service Academy is doing an excellent job. Besides taking care of all our needs, the government arranged for first class travel and accommodation when we went for the interviews. And the efforts are paying off from what I see. The number of people qualifying for the mains from the State in going up every year,” she said.

As an assistant professor at Farook College here, Ms. Hamna finds strength and support from her students, who are keen to absorb new thoughts and ideas. “Our campuses are developing, and hopefully in the right direction,” she said.

Ms. Hamna wishes to opt for the Indian Foreign Service, fuelled by her passion for travelling. Fond of forests and mountains, she has travelled all across the Western Ghats and the Himalayas. Having conquered one of the biggest mountains in her life, the civil services, Ms. Hamna thinks anyone who is determined and consistent is capable of the conquest.

Ms. Hamna’s father T.P. Ashraf, who was former executive director of the Kerala Social Security Mission, and her mother P.V. Jowhara are well known doctors in Kozhikode.

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