Staff Reporter

Two non-science students find a place in top three

PUDUCHERRY: Friday was the day to cheer and celebrate for students who topped the Class XII public examinations in Puducherry. A year packed with special classes, model examinations and hard work brought the achievers in the midst of overflowing greetings, non-stop clicks of cameras and interviews, sweets and, above all, proud parents.

With two non-science students finding their way into the top three ranks, it was time for the subject of commerce to hog the spotlight. The top rank holder, Swapna Sarah Kuruvila of St. Joseph of Cluny Girls Higher Secondary School, who secured 1,185 marks, wants to become a Company Secretary, even as her parents Satish Korah Kuruvila and Sheila Kuruvila are doctors at a private medical college here. Her father is a gynaecologist and mother a dermatologist. But why did she not opt for science? She immediately quipped: “I have never liked medicine. My elder sister also took up Company Secretary and she is my inspiration.” The top rank was “totally unexpected” for Swapna, who was the school pupil leader.

She secured centum in three subjects – Economics, Business Mathematics and Accountancy. Her marks in other subjects are – English – 188, French – 198 and Commerce – 199.

The lone science face in the top three ranks – R. Harikrishna, a student of Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School – is a little disappointed on missing the top slot. “I expected the first rank and I am a little disappointed,” he stated. Securing a total of 1,183 marks, Harikrishna obtained centum in Maths and Chemistry. “I love mechanical engineering and want to pursue either Mechanical Engineering or Electronics and Communication engineering at Anna University,” he said.

Third rank holder R. Deepika of St. Patrick Higher Secondary School wants to be a Chartered Accountant in future. She secured 1,178 marks, with centum in Commerce, Accountancy and Business Mathematics.

Among government schools in Puducherry region, S. Shylaja of Thiruvalluvar Government Girls Higher Secondary School stood first with total marks of 1,147. “I am very happy with my performance. I want to study B.Com, then take up Chartered Accountancy and become an auditor,” she said. Her father, K.R. Santhanam, who runs a tailoring shop, was filled with happiness on his daughter's achievement.