: Students from poor economic backgrounds excelled in the pre-university examinations in the district.

Rais Khan of Humnabad surprised his father, Nasir Khan, a lorry driver, by scoring 100 marks in Mathematics and Physics, and 99 in Chemistry. He secured an overall percentage of 94.83 and aims to become an engineer. No one else in his family has gone to school.

He joined Shaheen School in Bidar after passing SSLC with distinction. The Allama Iqbal Trust had given him a scholarship. “He is the first student from the district to score such high marks,” says Abdul Quadeer, secretary of the Shaheen Education Society.

Prasad Baburao of Gnyansudha Vidyalaya, who scored 100 marks in Physics, is the son of an agricultural labourer from Khatakchincholi in Bhalki taluk. He has got 91 marks in Chemistry, 87 in Biology, and 90 in Mathematics. Prasad passed SSLC from the Government High School in his village with good marks, but was forced to quit studies to join his father in the fields. But they were informed of the Gnyanasudha Vidyalaya’s scholarship for meritorious students. The school gave him free admission and free hostel facility. He dreams of becoming a doctor.

Pooja Vinod was always a bright student in school, and she has scored 89.3 per cent in II PU. She joined Sai Gnyan College after passing SSLC with 94.4 per cent marks. Her father, a cobbler, plans to seek the help of philanthropists if she gets a seat in a medical or engineering college.

Rishikesh Suryakanth of Sai Gnyan PU College, who belongs to a poor Dalit family in Bidar, scored 85.3 per cent and plans to become an engineer. His father is a mechanic with the NEKRTC.

Dilip Rakumar of the Sai Gnyan college, son of a farm labourer from Bidar taluk, has secured 93.3 per cent.