Joyoshi Dasgupta, who ranked 42 in the 2009 UPSC exams, didn’t have to look for inspiration outside her family. Her mother, Jaya Dasgupta who is an IAS officer and is currently posted at state government’s Planning and Development Department, was a constant source of motivation as well as inspiration.
Being a gold medallist in physics from the University of Calcutta, it was quite natural that Joyoshi (28) chose physics as one of her optional papers but for the second paper she preferred history. The reason: Her grandmother Nila Dasgupta, a history graduate from Presidency College, helped Joyoshi to choose history. And today she was in the top 50s despite her two unsuccessful attempts.
“I want more and more student to join public service. In fact more young people should join politics rather that just working for politicians,” Joyoshi told The Indian Express.
Joyoshi has also qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) of UGC and at present work as a teacher at Maharaja Manidra Chandra college in north Kolkata.
“The public service provides immense opportunities to make a difference. In fact I think it is more than a job,” added Joyoshi, who did her schooling from La Martiniere for Girls.
A resident of Lake Town she is happy that many students from Bengal are now keen to join civil services and want to take it up as a career. “One has to keep trying hard and keep options open,” she added.
She thanks her family for giving her confidence and nurturing in a way that she never felt that being a girl was a disadvantage.
“Joyoshi was a very determined student and exceptionally well in studies. Her family background also helped him to achieve her goal,” said her teacher Jyotirmoy Pal Chaudhuri.