London-based Keralite eyes British civil service, secures breakthrough


Kottayam: An Indian-origin student, who dreams of a career in the British civil service, has secured admission to a graduate-entry programme 'Fast Stream' that will eventually pave way for the prized jobs in Crown Service.

Krishnaveni, 23, whose roots are from Palai, Kottayam, made the cut after passing several hurdles, including an online test and a day-long interview. She will be appointed in a rank equivalent to that of a department director once she completes three years of training.

Krishnaveni, who lives with her parents in London for the past 18 years, studied Social Science and Law at the London School of Economics before trying the highly competitive civil service entry programme.

Only British citizens are eligible to apply for selection to the Fast Stream. A British government website says: " The Civil Service Fast Stream is the government's accelerated development programme for the UK civil service.

''It provides talented graduates with the core skills needed to become the future leaders of government departments. Many fast streamers eventually take on senior management roles in the civil service; at least seven current or former permanent secretaries were initially recruited through the Fast Steam."

Krishnaveni's father is a research scientist in London, while her mother is a school teacher. Her brother works with a start-up company.

The British government has about 4,53,000 civil servants. The Civil Service Fast Stream programme is a popular entry route to the coveted services. The starting salary for fast streamers range between £25,000 and £27,000 per annum. British civil servants are employees of the Crown and not of the British parliament.

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