Some three years ago, Sirisetti Sankeerth lost the 800 mts race by a whisker. Disappointed, he thought that was the end of his police dream. But destiny had other plans for him. So come Friday and Sankeerth will march alongside 132 fellow IPS trainees at the ‘dikshant parade’ of trainee IPS officers passing out from Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.
The 27-year-old happens to be the son of an electrician who hails from Bellampally in the Mancherial district of Telangana. In fact, he had earlier cleared the state exam to become a policeman. But he lost in the 800 meters race by a whisker.
After realizing he had to work hard on his fitness, the young man took up a job as an assistant executive engineer in Mission Bhagiratha to help his father, who worked in Singereni Colleries. Sankeerth shares that he would go to the office by 7.30 am and prepare for the UPSC exam. As his work started in the evening, he would use all day to prepare for the exam.
But it was no cakewalk for Sankeerth. He got through UPSC in his fifth attempt, and during his training at SVP National Police Academy, he also did well in sports and won a few medals. He got ranked 330 in UPSC. In fact, Sankeerth completed his civil engineering from Osmania University and has now been allotted the Telangana cadre.
Sankeerth says it was his father’s dream to see him as an IPS officer. Now, Sankeerth and his fellow trainees will be sent to France as part of the training program.