Lucknow, Aug 8:S he inspired many as a student and continues to do so even now...only at a wider scale. Her teachers at school and college speak up for her now, vouching for their studious and disciplined student who concentrated on studies and nothing else.
"She always maintained a very low profile at college. Very good at studies, she was hardly involved in any social or cultural activities. However, she never failed to finish her projects on time," said assistant professor at Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) formerly known as Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT).
All her teachers opined that she liked challenges and wanted to do something for the country. Precisely, why she declined an offer by the IT giant TCS and studied further for the IAS exams.
"Even though she was a very good engineering student, she still chose a difficult path and we all can see where she is now," said Dr Ajay Singholi, training and placement coordinator.
Her hostel mates remembered as a silent and studious girl who never flouted rules. Agrees professor Ashwini Kumar, dean students welfare. Her juniors place her in high esteem, few aspiring to serve the nation like her.
However, the sentiment is not restricted to her college campus, but has turned into a pan-Indian phenomena. "Her story encourages me so much that I want to become an IAS officer. I will not take up an engineering job. I know I might be shunned by corrupt people like her but I still want to do it," said Divya Yadav, a fourth-year engineering student from a city engineering college.
"Durga makes us proud and we are sure she would emerge victorious as she always did," said one of her teachers.
IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended by the UP Government on allegations of flouting norms while issuing the demolition of a construction wall meant for a mosque, which may have led to communal tension. Sources, however say that she was just following orders and had not issued any such orders.