Mr. Puran Singh(Sarki), the founding president of PDRC has recently landed a lucrative job in one of the most renowned multinational IT company yahoo dot com as a senior software Engineer. He led PDRC when he was just twenty three years old and BE 5th semester student in the Institute of Engineering (IOE) in Pulchowk. He was such a genius student that he topped the BE entrance exam conducted by IOE in 2058 B.S.. He worked hard day and night to make PDRC a unique organization, really working for the cause of Dalit community, particularly in higher education. Our editorial team member Birendra Biswakarma talked to him through mail and here are the few excerpts from a candid dialogue with him.
How was your first experience in multinational IT Company “Yahoo.com”?
It’s always a dream of the people working in IT to work for companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft or few others…Not only because of the size of the company , the revenue they make but also because of the experience that you get working on the products used by half a billion people all over the globe. It’s challenging as well as never ending learning process which I think is very excited. So, I was very excited and felt the same way we feel when I go to the
school for the very first day after we pass from one grade to the higher grade.
Being a member of Nepali Dalit family, have you ever expected that you could reach such a height in IT profession?
I think there are the things that you don’t expect but you dream and work hard to live your dream. I definitely didn’t think about this when I was in school but as I moved along I worked hard and tried my best to be ready for the every opportunity that come to me.
Who was your inspiration into your journey?
The kind of family background we have mostly in our community, it’s very hard to find a family member who can inspire you or motivate you; Even though we get the support. So more than anything else, you have to motivate yourself and keep questioning yourself about your abilities and your own goals. I think I do the same.
What is the secret of your success?
Hard work. PERIOD. Not everyone is born genius; we become genius by knowing about the subject matter…By constantly working on it with lot of perseverance and selfless dedication. I am still nobody but I try to work hard as much as I can to understand my work and this world better.
Do you have any future plans on your professional career?
Yes I want to be a software Architect, a leading open source developer. And also have desire or say dream to open five world class schools in five development regions of our country managed by PDRC and I promise I will make it happen someday.
You became the founding president of PDRC at the age of 23 when you were a 5th semester (BE computer) student in Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk….right? What motivated you to be the part to support the mission of PDRC because it could have disturbed your study?
I was excited by the idea behind PDRC which is to develop it as a social educational organization which itself will be self sustainable and which can help to produce self sustainable individuals from the marginalized community which is the primary reason I joined PDRC and also I was excited to be a part of other like-minded young people from this community.
You have supported PDRC technically as well as financially during difficult times …do you have any plans to support PDRC further from USA?
I always have plans to work and support PDRC, I always want to set an example for our students, that even though our world is restricted by the last name we write on papers or its hard to bring food on the table for your parents. We are no different than others and if we work hard and believe that the world is nicer than bad we can achieve what we want. I always dream to make PDRC self sustainable in the futures so that we do not depend on foreign donations which is forced by the nature of economy in developed world; rather we depend on each other’s contribution from parents, alumni students, our own revenue generating institutions that serve not only our community but the whole nation with a same slogans and creed “making your dream into reality.”
I am working hard for a day to carry the flag of PDRC in international level not by opening my hands for asking donations but for the service that we have to offer to the nation by our own students and professionals from our institutions across the country.
You stayed with the students in PDRC’s hostel, taught them and helped in management in day to day activities ……..what is the basic problems in our students? And to improve it, what they should do?
I am not sure if it’s a problem or not….but I feel our students need to be more ambitious. I encourage them to dream, plan their work to achieve that dream and execute that plan with hard work and patience to live that dream.
Joining PDRC team was your decision right….tell me what did you gain and lose being in PDRC in such an initial stage?
I have always taken my decisions myself, so absolutely 100% yes. I gained PDRC and lost nothing, though it did affect my study little bit but I think I covered it all now.
(This interview was taken from PDRC Newsletter dated Feb-April, 2010, Volume-2, Issue-2)