It’s a pleasant surprise for the family of Gokul G. Nair, a resident of Chemnad village in Kasaragod district. Gokul’s top rank in this year’s Kerala Engineering, Agriculture, Medical (KEAM) Entrance Examinations is a surprise birthday gift for Kasaragod as well, for the 29th anniversary of the formation of the district incidentally falls on Friday.
Gokul stands out first in the exam by scoring 938 out of 960 marks, and he is expecting outstanding achievement in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to pursue higher studies in his choicest medical college in the country.
(The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts NEET and the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Kerala, will conduct a separate centralised allotment process for the MBBS and the BDS courses from the NEET rank list for Kerala.)
No sooner had the results of the examinations, held in April, were declared on Thursday than his father, Gangadharan Nair, started receiving a flurry of telephone calls from prominent persons in the district and outside. Among those who congratulated the family include legislators E. Chandrasekharan, a native of the village, N.A. Nellikunnu, and P.B. Abdul Razak, MLAs, district panchayat president P.P. Shyamla Devi, and CPI State secretary Pannian Ravindran.
Thrikkarippur legislator K. Kunhiraman and District Collector P. S. Mohammed Sagir visited his house to express their happiness over his achievement . Presumably unhappy with the results (he stood 434 in engineering, below the first 2,000 positions in medical, somewhere around the 5,000 in the national entrance), he decided to make dedicated efforts for excellent results and spent a year at a coaching institution based in Kottayam.
He studied at Providence English Medium School at Anabagilu in Kasaragod and up to the Plus Two level at the Chemnad Jamaat Higher Secondary School.