Labourer’s son shuns US job, IIM call, joins Army. . .

Barnana Gunnaya couldn’t stop his eyes from welling up with tears as he watched his son Barnana Yadagiri within an Army officer’s uniform at the Indian Military Academy’s passing out parade in Dehradun on Saturday.
International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad. After refusing a job offer from Union Pacific Rail Road, a US-based company, and saying no to a call from IIM Indore — where he had secured entrance after scoring 93.4 percent in the CAT examination — Yadagiri decided to “follow my heart and serve the country.”

On Saturday, with his proud parents watching with misty eyes, he also received the IMA’s prestigious silver medal for standing first in the order of merit in the Technical Graduate Course, which paves the way for cadets with a technical background to join the Army’s engineering components.

Recounting the struggles that he had to experience before savouring this moment, the young officer who sustained his research through government scholarships, told TOI, “I’ve seen days when my dad earned only Rs 60 after a day’s hard work and my mother who is afflicted with polio clean office tables to make both ends meet.”

Despite having seen such financial hardships, he says he was not tempted by money. “I had the choice of sticking to the corporate world and earning a lot of cash but that was not where my heart lay. The type of mental satisfaction one gets by working for the motherland cannot be replaced by any amount of money.”

On what he’s looking forward to most after achieving his dream of becoming an Army officer, the young man who loves public speaking and reading books, said, “The simple character of hard work is already there in my genes. I will make sure that I fulfill my duties in a way which makes the country proud by working in the defence research and development flow.”