The topper from Madurai eyes career in fashion design
: J.B.M. Deepthi, the only Madurai girl out of nine Class X students who scored 498 marks and secured the State first rank in the Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSLC) among those who had selected Tamil as their first language, does not want to be a doctor or an engineer in future. She rather prefers to become a fashion designer by following her heart’s calling.
“Every one says that I should take up medicine or engineering. Even my parents have been persuading me to pursue medicine because I am good at studies. But I think my heart does not lie in those fields. Drawing, painting and doing intricate artwork are my interests. I learnt them from one of my classmates and I am more comfortable doing them. It is better that I choose a career related to my interests,” she says.
Hailing from the minority Sourashtra community, whose ancestors had migrated to Madurai from Gujarat, she had scored 99 in Tamil as well as English and centum in the rest of the three subjects — mathematics, science and social science.
She is a student of Fusco’s Matriculation School at Anna Nagar here. Her parents J.C. Balaji and N.P. Mallieswari are high school science teachers at Sourashtra Boys Higher Secondary School here.
M. Dhuvaraha, also the only Madurai girl among 52 students who had secured State second rank with 497 marks out of 500 marks, is also the daughter of a school teacher.
Her father S. Muthu Chidambaram once worked as a mathematics teacher at CEOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School, where she is studying now, before securing a government job. She wants to pursue medicine as a career and hence decided to take science group in her higher secondary classes.
Three others girls from Madurai — B. Keerthana, K.R. Mythili and M. Vaishnavi Durga — of CSR Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Thirunagar, Tagore Vidyalayam Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Vandiyur and CEOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School respectively joined the league of 137 students who secured State third rank with 496 marks. All the three want to be doctors.
Ms. Keerthana’s father K. Balakumar is a police head constable at Tirupparankundram police station and her mother B. Lakshmi is a housewife. All the five girls were declared as district-level toppers too in the same order of ranking they had secured at the State-level.