Baripada: Almost 11 years back in 2010 Baya Mankadia had grabbed headlines as he became the first matriculate from the Mankidia nomadic tribe, one of the 13 particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs) in Odisha.
Then Baya, a 16-year-old lad hailing from a very poor family of Dama Sahi hamlet of Kaptipada block had become the talk of the town.
He was felicitated for his achievement by the then President of India Pratibha Singh Patil, Governor of Odisha and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Today, when Mayurbhanj Collector Vineet Bhardwaj handed over an appointment letter to Baya engaging him as a teacher to teach students at Anwesha School in Udala his joy knew no bounds.
“Baya Mankidia was a good student; he couldn’t appear his Plus III Final exam for family problems. He didn’t have a good source of livelihood and used to work as a daily wager, a farmhand. Since he has studied so well we are engaging him as a teacher at the Anwesha School in Udala,” said Bhardwaj.
He will be teaching students of the Anwesha Scheme, Bhardwaj added.
The Collector was hopeful that Baya would teach well to produce good students like him.
“For his development and enhancement of skills, we are also providing him with a laptop. He can also use it to teach his students,” the Collector said.
Baya who had cleared the matriculation exam in 2010 had completed his Plus II in 2012 and had appeared the Plus III 1st year and 2nd year exams but could not continue with his studies as his brother died and he had to fend for his family.
Baya said that he couldn’t appear Plus III final exam and used to work as a coolie in a tractor and as a farmhand in the farming season.
“I want to thank Collector Sir for appointing me as a teacher. I am very happy. I have been appointed as a teacher in Anwesha School. I also thank the DWO Sir for his efforts to trace and contact me,” said Baya beaming with joy.