I want to win a gold medal, says IIT-JEE topper

HYDERABAD: Immadi Prithvi Tej’s favourite film is the Pawan Kalyan-starrer, Tammudu. The IIT-JEE first rank-holder admitted he identifies with the character ‘Subbu’ played by Pawan Kalyan. Like Subbu, he also bunked classes in school.

Four years back, 16-year-old Prithvi Tej, a native of Dwaraka Tirumala in West Godavari decided to follow in Subbu’s footprints to bag a gold medal. “My favourite actor Pawan Kalyan achieved a gold medal in boxing, inspired by his brother in reel life. Like him, I want to bag a gold medal, but in the Mathematics and Science Olympiad, which will be held on July 4 in Bangkok. In real life, I am inspired by my maternal uncle T Gopal Krishna efforts to clear the Civil Services in 2007. But I want to go one step further by becoming an IAS officer after completing my IIT studies,” the topper replied.

Prithvi Tej spent at least eight hours per day at his training institute for his IIT-JEE preparations. Yet, he found time to play badminton, watch IPL matches and movies and chat with friends. He also harboured dreams of becoming a cricketer like his idol Sachin Tendulkar. He is, however, clear at what he wants do at the IIT, pursue Engineering from IIT-Bombay. The next goal is to become an IAS officer to solve problems of people in rural areas.

He was always good in studies right from school, chemistry being his favourite subject. His father, Immadi Srinivasa Rao is a businessman and mother Rani a housewife. “He secured the top rank due to his intelligence rather than hard work. We never forced him to prepare for IIT-JEE. We encouraged him to follow his interests. He is very keen to prepare for Civil Services and I hope he gets his goal,” says Srinivasa Rao.

He reads Edex regularly, the education tabloid of the New Indian Express. “I read articles published in the Edex online. It is very helpful for students,” he added.

Source: IBNLive

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