17-year-old Gedam Sai Krishna, Adivasi student from Adilabad, has made his parents and the Pardhan community proud by securing all-India rank 105 under the ST category in the JEE (Advance) 2018 exam. He is the first Adivasi student from Telangana to achieve this feat—scoring 121 marks—five marks less than the general cut-off.
Sai Krishna comes from a village called Kobbai in Bela mandal. He is the elder son of Gedam Tulasiram.
Sai Krishna’s achievement comes in the wake of Adivasi students boycotting schools and colleges, in protest against the Lambada community. Alleging discrimination by the Lambada teachers, students have been boycotting classes en masse and even parents are refusing to let their children study in the government schools.
Speaking to TNM, Sai Krishna shared that he aspires to pursue computer science engineering in Mumbai and then join the IAS. “Becoming an IAS officer is the dream of my father and as well as mine. I want to serve my people. After doing Computer Science Engineering, I will join IAS.”
Sai Krishna’s father Tulasiram is a primary school teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya School. Speaking about his son’s achievement, he said, “This is a really happy moment for us. My relatives and everyone is really happy, because none of them entered IIT. We want to rejoice this moment. We have been collecting all the newspaper clippings about my son’s feat. We want to preserve it. His achievement is significant for our entire community.”
He added, “I knew that my son would score well, but did not expect that he would top the JEE.”
Tulasiram said that he hopes his son joins the IAS and works for the upliftment of the Adivasis.
“I personally know the problems that the Adivasis face. Most of the issues don’t get solved, because the authorities don’t personally visit the Adivasi hamlets and care about their well-being. I hope my son becomes a Collector one day and makes effort to solve our problems.”