MANGALORE: Quizzing comes naturally to him. But that does not mean that he has compromised on academics. Meet Hemanth Kumar from Canara Pre-University College, Mangalore, who has secured the fifth rank in the medical and 29th rank in the engineering stream in the Common Entrance Test (CET), the results of which were announced on Saturday.
Mr. Kumar, who finished runner-up in the Mangalore regional round of The Hindu Young World Quiz in 2004, did one better the following year by topping it. A student with a consistently excellent academic track record, he finished second in The Hindu mock CET test in the PCB stream this year. His only disappointment was not being able to top the CET proper in the medical stream.
Sharing his joy, Mr. Kumar said he wants to become a doctor. "My sister is doing her engineering. Moreover, I am inspired by the achievements of my uncle I.G. Bhat, a leading neurologist here, and my cousin Krishna Prasad, the first oncologist in Mangalore. I also have the backing of my parents who wish to see me become a doctor," he said. Noting that he was mentally prepared for the grind needed to become a doctor, Mr. Kumar said studies had never been a problem for him. "It is something that I enjoy and am prepared to put in long hours needed to pursue medical education," he said. On his ranking in the medical stream, he said, "I worked hard at finishing first... but I am happy with my present ranking."
Having short-listed Kasturba Medical College, Bangalore Medical College and Mysore Medical College as prospective institutions where he would like to pursue his higher studies, Mr. Kumar has also kept open the option of pursuing education at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.