In the next part of our series, we talk to Prashant Singh from the Class of 2007 about his time at NUJS, acing the civil services examination, and serving the country in his capacity as Assistant Commandant of the CRPF, Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr. Singh completed his schooling from La Martiniere Boys College, Lucknow, and was an extremely well-rounded student. Along with excelling at academics, he was also the college Prefect, the College Swimming Team Vice-Captain, and Under Officer of NCC Army Wing Senior Division. He always had proclivity towards sports as he represented UP in swimming at the National Games and was also a state-level badminton player. Joining the forces was a natural choice for Mr. Prashant Singh, who came from a family of uniformed officers. Since preparing for civil services was always at the back of his mind, he decided to take up law. It is his firm belief that this choice has helped him in multiple ways, whether it be in implementing laws at the grass-root level or in his UN Missions abroad. He recollects that despite being selected at various law universities including NLU Bhopal and NALSAR Hyderabad, he chose to enrol at NUJS because of the eminence of the then Vice-Chancellor of the college, Prof. N R Madhav Menon. He fondly remembers the time spent at NUJS, and cherishes the time spent with his friends. During his time at NUJS, he was exposed to a variety of academic and co-curricular activities alongside a culture of perseverance and healthy competition. He says that this helped him acquire skills that proved imperative for his preparation for UPSC and later, in managing his duties in the CRPF. He went on to pursue his LL.M from Amity University Lucknow, and started his preparation for the civil services examination during this time. He also had an alternative career path chalked out for himself, as he cleared the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test). In 2011, Mr. Singh appeared in Central Armed Police Forces Exam conducted by UPSC. After being selected as an Assistant Commandant, he joined the CRPF Officers Training Academy in 2014. He passed out in 2015 with three accolades - Shaheed Bhagat Singh Trophy for Public Speaking, Overall Best Operational Presentation Trophy presented by Director General of Police, CRPF, and the Academy Director’s Commendation Certificate for Best Operational Briefing. He recounts that his first posting was a challenging one - in a district called Anantnag in South Kashmir, infamous for excessive militant activities. During his tenure there, starting from 2015, he played an instrumental role in the ensuring that the Amarnath Yatra proceeded smoothly. In 2016, due to break-down of law and order in the area, he was entrusted with the evacuation of the devotees of the Amarnath Yatra. Owing to his commendable service, he was awarded the Internal Security Medal, J & K Duty Medal, and various other accolades. According to him, the highest point in his career was being awarded the trophy for Best Operational Presentation at Force HQ at New Delhi. Being a fun loving, and family oriented person, one of the hardest times for Mr. Singh was when he had to live away from his wife. Just a month after their marriage, he had to go away for one year of gruelling training at the Academy. He says that his relationship has survived many ups and downs that have come along with dedicating one’s life to the nation. He is really grateful to his parents for their unwavering support, and his sister for her guidance regarding academics. He also acknowledges the instrumental role of his wife, friends, and teachers in helping him realize his true potential. On being asked what advice he would give to law students, he said that students should dream big, diversify their careers, and endeavour to give back to the society. We, at NUJS, take immense pride in his achievements and thank him for his service to the nation!
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