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Updated: March 10, 2013 03:56 IST

I want my father to take rest now, says CA topper

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Prema Jayakumar. File photo
Prema Jayakumar. File photo

“I want my father to retire and enjoy the rest of his life peacefully as I can now take care of him and the family,” said young Prema Jayakumar, daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver, here on Saturday. Prema hit the headlines recently by surmounting many odds to emerge as the topper in the 2012 All-India Chartered Accountancy Examination.

Motivating other students like her, she said: “Nothing is impossible. Self-confidence, hard work and dedication are the keys to achieve success.”

Prema (25), who hails from Malad, Mumbai, was felicitated on Saturday with an award of Rs.1 lakh by Jyotrimoy School of Law, a private institute of the State.

Speaking about her objective in life, Prema said: “My aim is to earn respect in every work I indulge myself in and to work with dedication and honesty.”

Describing her examination result as a “lifetime achievement” for her, she said: “My success is not only due to my hard work but also due to the constant guidance and motivation from my parents and teachers.”

Her father is a Class VIII dropout whereas her mother, who used to work as a domestic help until a few years ago, studied only until Class III. Despite a low family income and several hardships, they ensured that their daughter pursued higher studies.

Topping the CA exam was a reward for her parents’ hard work, she said, since she and her brother had earned respect in the eyes of society for their parents. “As me and my brother are the first generation of our family to receive quality education, we have made our parents very proud,” she added.

Congratulations Prema. By taking care of parents all gods will protect you.

from:  Walter Jayawardhana
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 10:03 IST

Prema and her brother are the rare breed of youngsters who had taken
concerted efforts not just for academic excellence but to prove that
those from marginalized communities can establish an outstanding
precedent that will give so much satisfaction and reward to their
parents for having guided them effectively. Their anecdote will
inspire our youth to be confident to look forward with virtuous
ambitions and of course to strive for achieving goals despite any
constraints. Many parents who could make fortunes despite getting
adequate education should ensure that at least their children must get
the requisite education with truthful perceptions of life. In fact
parents of these siblings will be a role model for India’s parenthood
as a whole while many parents are flaunting their economic attainments
and prosperity by giving more pocket money and abnormal luxurious life
to their offspring spoiling their character, mindset and vision.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 09:37 IST

Very well done Prema . Keep up the good work. Only the girls care for their parents more than the boys.
God bless you

from:  V Kumar
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 09:37 IST

Thats very inspiring the story of yours Prema. Wish you all the very
best for you and your family

from:  Jasmin
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 09:32 IST

I want my father to take rest now, says CA topper -I am really thankful to you for publishing the successful story of Prema.This indeed is a motivation for the entire community of students.Though she was born and bought up in a poor family ,with her dedication and hard work she became the no 1 in her exam.My heart felt congratulations to Prema.Let the almighty give her all the opportunities to be successful in life.

from:  Madhu V
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 09:30 IST

Congraats Prema!!! Hats off to your hard work and perseverance....GOD
bless you...

from:  Anusha Ashokan
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 08:57 IST

Dear Prema,
Your achievement will inspire many youngsters to replicate your
success. CA (CWA and CS) is among the few professional courses that
even the poor of the country can afford. It requires only
intellectual capital and does not discriminate between the affluent
and poor students -- one of the few useful things that our government
has done! But these courses need improvement in certain areas. I feel
sad when I come across a CA/CS/CWA (and they are many) who cannot
communicate effectively (written and spoken). They also give the
impression that they knew the subject once! Their domain knowledge
should be reviewed every three years to ensure that they update their
domain knowledge. I have come across Company Secretaries who cannot
draft a simple letter! How do they minute Board Meeting proceedings?
Youngsters like you should head the institute and take the initiative
to close these loopholes. You are my daughter's role model! God bless
you, your brother and your parents!

from:  Prof Swaminathan Shivakumar
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 05:51 IST

A wonderful success story of a more wonderful lady whose parents are rightly proud of her superb achievement in a country where there are still old-fashioned people without batting an eyelid
engage in Female Feticide.The parents of Ms.Prema who have broken the old traditions are to be hailed as pioneers in encouraging their brilliant daughter and supporting her to achieve what she did.It must be said to the credit of Ms.Prema too that she is the dream idea of what parents expect of their progeny.God Bless the whole Family.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 05:11 IST
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