Rural background not a hurdle to success
Seeta Ashok Shelke, a girl from a small village, Gadilgaon, in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, has proved that a rural background is no deterrent to succeed in life. Gadilgaon has a population of just 600.
Seeta has done her village proud by getting selected for a commission in the Indian Army and she is all set to join the Officers Training Academy in Chennai for 49 weeks of training, after which she will be commissioned into the Indian Army as a lieutenant.
She was coached for her Service Selection Board (SSB) interview at a coaching centre in Pune.
Seeta has studied in a village school and had scored 78 per cent in her Std X and 76 per cent in Std XII. She later obtained a mechanical engineering degree from the Pravara Rural Engineering College.
Her father, Ashok Bhikaji Shelke, who has studied law, is a farmer and also practices law. "Right from the Std X, I developed an interest in the Indian Army and thought of making a career in this field," said Seeta.
She was inspired to join the Army after reading an article about a lady Army officer in the newspaper.
"During training, we found Seeta to be a very focused girl. The only place where we had to groom her was to build up her confidence level by improving her communication skills," according to the coaches at the centre.
Seeta has cleared the SSB interview in her third attempt which speaks of her determination. "Even though I am from from a rural area, my parents supported me in realizing my dream," says Seeta.