Plus-Two first third rankers in Puducherry unfold their dreams of higher studies

As heads of two different schools, Syed Nayeem and Jareena Begum have beamed with joy of seeing their students get top marks in the board examinations, every year. But on Friday, it was a moment of special pride — for it was the turn of their only son, Mohammed Javeed, to grab the spotlight.

With 1191 marks, Javeed bagged not only the State first rank in the Puducherry and Karaikal region, but also scored the third highest mark among all students in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

The student from Primrose Higher Secondary School aspires to become a doctor and get into civil services. He scored centums in all main subjects except Physics, 198 in French and 195 in English.

His father, headmaster of Government Higher Secondary School, Vazhudavur, is keen that Javeed follows in the footsteps of his elder sister Rizwana, a gold medallist in a private medical college.

“I missed the M.B.B.S seat by one mark. I have always wanted to see my children as doctors,” says Mr. Syed. For his mother Jareena, it was a double delight to see her son top the school where she is also the Principal.

“Though my parents gave me moral support, they just let me be what I am,” says Javeed. The boy also attempted to get his name in the Limca Book of Records as a 12-year-old when he played simultaneous chess with 200 contestants.

Second and third

At Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School, four year-old Maheshwari was thrilled for her brother, M. Anandavel, who secured the State second rank in Puducherry with a total of 1187. Having scored full marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Anandavel has set his sights on getting into Jipmer for the MBBS course.

“My school and parents helped me achieve this. I want to become a doctor,” said Anandavel.

His mother Kalaivani, a government schoolteacher, said Anandavel was ambitious and worked hard towards his goal. “He was systematic in his work and stuck to his schedule,” said father Mannivanan.

M.I. Hamith Nazira of Nirmala Rani Girls Higher Secondary School, Karaikal is slightly disappointed.

“I expected to be at the top,” she quips. Nazira, who wishes to become a chartered accountant in a few years from now, has come third in the Union Territory, with a score of 1186.

But for their daughter’s measured elation, parents E.H. Ismail and Samsul Farida are a picture of pride.

Busting the myth of tuition being a necessary road to high scores, Hamith Nazira has achieved this through planned self-study and support from teachers.

“Clear understanding of the text, undivided attention in class, making notes, constant revision, and trust in hard work,” are the steps to a top score, in that order, says Hamith.

A. Gokulakrishnan of Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School, who secured the third rank among private schools in Puducherry, is confident of getting a seat in NIT, Karaikal and if things go really well, then at one of the IITs. With 1185 marks, Gokulakrishnan scored centums in Maths and Chemistry.

“My mother has foregone much of her sleep in helping me wake up on time to study. My grandmother prayed really hard and fed me well throughout my preparations.” Now, the family awaits the Class X results of Gokulakrishnan’s younger brother, said his father, Anbarasu, a professor at Tagore Arts College.

A girl’s feat

T. Kiruthika, who dreams of becoming a doctor too, will be the first in her family to go to college, if she gets the medical seat she hopes for. With a score of 1142, she is the topper among government school students in Puducherry.

The student of Sinnatha Government Girls Higher Secondary School attributes her high score to Ramanan, her English teacher, who motivated and coached her. Kiruthika’s parents make a living selling plastics in the Sunday market every week.

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