The young girl from Kaur chand street, Shri Muktsar Sahib, Punjab had a different dream from amongst her siblings three siblings. She was fixated on becoming an Engineer and her father could never fathom the passion that his daughter had for fixing things.

She always believed that “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Shawini Garg, the wide-eyed kid was sent to Akal Academy Muktsar sahib and admitted to L.K.G. And change was the constant with her from childhood to teen age. She learnt to explore her inner self, the power of pardon and the virtues of confession in her next 11 years at Akal Academy Muktsar. But in the midst of discovering her spiritual side, the girl with big dreams was not only dreaming but pursuing her ambitions modestly.

After her 12th, she cracked the difficult entrance exams of Thapar University and joined B.Tech. Chemical Engineering. “No one can stop you if you got a success plan. Break all the obstacles and show them you really can. Finally themselves they will say, “Congrats you are a champ” recalls Shawini.

With the blessings of Almighty, Shawini cracked the civil exams of SSC in 2014. And she took it as a signal from God ‘to serve the society’. Today she is posted as an assistant section officer in the MEFC (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change).

Shawini is modest and gives the credit of her success to her school, teachers and Principal. “The school had polished me in such a way that I had learnt time management and the secret of spirituality which helped me crack my obstacles and take a fresh step. I really miss my principal Sukhraj Ma’am. She was the one who had changed the environment of our school. She inspired me to stay positive in life and never backdown. Also, special thanks to N.C. Gupta sir who taught my favourite subject mathematics. His examples were also a fuel for my race of life. And last but not the least, Thank you Akal Academy Muktsar Sahib to have me taught the truth of life, morals, goals, hardwork and spirituality.”

Shawini today toils to make sure that her mother earth and her planet are safe. And who would have imagined the young wonder-struck rural kid from Muktsar, becoming a policy maker for climate change.

~ Jagpal Singh