PUDUCHERRY: Celebrations might have been missing but the sense of achievement was high on the premises of V. Venkatasubba Reddiar Government Technical Higher Secondary School on Friday. The school produced a total of nine rank holders in three vocational subjects in the Class XII public examination at the Puducherry and Tamil Nadu level.
The school, which offers training in eight trades, has bagged the top three ranks each in Welding, Fitting and Letter Press Printing at Puducherry and Tamil Nadu level. The rank holders are – in Welding – J. Sampath Kumar came first with 592 marks out of 600 in vocational subjects, followed by K. Naveen Raj at second rank with 588 marks and V. Kannan at third rank with 585 marks.
In Fitting, A. Rashul stood first with 541 marks, A. Venkatakrishnan secured second rank with 526 marks and S. Shanmugham came third with 513 marks. The toppers in Letter Press Printing are – G. Karunanidhi (558 marks), R. Chandiran (498 marks) and V. Velmurugan (497 marks).
Lecturer at the school E. Ramalingam said most of the students at the school were from poor families. “Parental care is missing in most cases. We are working towards improving the performance of students. This year, our pass percentage is 40.6 per cent,” he said.
He pointed out that the vocational stream had good scope in higher education and offered plenty of job opportunities.
J. Sampath Kumar, subject topper in Welding, aims to pursue engineering and then become an IAS officer. “I want to study electrical and electronics engineering,” he said. His family is dependent on the pension of his father, a retired government officer.
It was with the objective of learning a trade that K. Naveen Raj, son of a fisherman, opted for the vocational stream.
Securing the second rank in welding, he now desires to study mechanical engineering. R. Chandiran, who came second in Letter Press Printing, is interested in pursuing Diploma in Civil Engineering. “I have a lot of interest in civil engineering,” he said. His elder brother, who is also studying engineering, is working to help his family, while his mother works as a domestic help.
Three students of SNKC Government Girls Higher Secondary School bagged the top three ranks in Medical Laboratory Assistant with Physics – A. Jaimatha, D. Sarala and M. Sindhuja.