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Updated: June 29, 2013 00:49 IST

SC girl tops Eflu entrance test

R. Ravikanth Reddy
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Kozhikode’s Priya P. is the first girl and also the first from the Scheduled Castes to top the entrance for admission to BA Hons course of the prestigious university

She has not only stormed the male bastion but has also achieved the rare distinction of being the first person from the Scheduled Castes to top the entrance test to the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU).

Priya. P from Kozhikode scored a high 89 per cent in the entrance test for admission to the BA Hons (English) programme, in the process becoming the first girl to top the exam.

“I am in love with books and perhaps that led to my passion towards English literature,” Priya told The Hindu from Kozhikode.

Such was her passion for literature that she convinced her father, a DGM at BSNL, who was keen that she join an engineering course.

“After the first rank, my parents just cannot deny me the opportunity to study literature,” said the student of Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1 in Kozhikode. “I am a bookworm and I never enjoyed studying science and maths.”

Though the top rank was not on her mind, Priya was determined to get into EFLU, given its reputation for being one of the best colleges to study English literature.

While she is yet to make up her mind on her career plans, Priya is sure it will be something related to literature.

Eflu Vice-Chancellor Sunaina Singh said Priya would be an inspiration to all those who aspired to be admitted to the prestigious university, more so to those from deprived communities.

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kudos to Ms.Priya P for her achievement... i want to ask the hindu that did her father
also got the same accolade when he became a dgm of a psu being an sc? if not, then
why this hullabaloo? I think its a family of toppers...

from:  rajat
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 01:41 IST

What the paper underlines?Her caste or hard work and talent?

from:  kalyan
Posted on: Jun 30, 2013 at 14:10 IST

You don't have to mention her caste in this story

from:  Sreejith Embranthiri C V
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 20:57 IST

What is the problem in stating once caste as it permeates every walk of
our life. The news become important as she has crossed the historically
contingent social disadvantage of caste.

from:  RAJESH KOMATH
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 18:17 IST

P. Priya is not the first girl to top the EFLU BA (Hons) entrance exams. Girls have topped the entrance exam for the last two years. Salini Johnson during 2012 and Yangchen Roy during 2013.
In last year's entrance exam, the first four ranks were bagged by girls. Talk about the male bastion!
I hope The Hindu will take care to get their facts straight from now on.

from:  Vysakh
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 17:50 IST

congrats priya for pursuing your own passions and rejecting the common streams like studing engineering ,biology courses and management

from:  ANITHA
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 17:35 IST


It is unfortunate that The Hindu refers to this topper in a
condescending manner. Are scheduled caste students not supposed to top
an important entrance test? What is the purpose of this story? I expect
the news paper to apologize the topper.

from:  tulasdihdar
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 16:18 IST

Avoiding reference to her caste is welcome.

from:  Gopal Nair
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 11:46 IST

It's really sad to see The Hindu presenting news in such a fashion. She deserves credit for her hard work and her abilities, so why mention her caste background?,

from:  harry
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 09:08 IST

Congrats. Way To Go!

from:  harini
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 08:00 IST
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