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State topper in need of philanthropists' help

P. Sudhakar
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Poor resources never deterred exam champion

A. Satham Hussain.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.
A. Satham Hussain.— Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.

: As the Secondary School Leaving Certificate examination results started pouring in on Friday, the State and the district toppers with their parents came to Sarah Tucker Girls' Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai, where the results were handed over to the heads of schools.

The visibly beaming SSLC and Matriculation toppers with broad smile either in their school uniforms or in their best colour dresses arrived at the school amidst noisy greetings from their teachers and friends.

However, the case of A. Satham Hussain, who bagged State second rank in the SSLC with his score of 495, was totally different.

The frail-looking achiever from a poor family, in an ordinary checked shirt, was seen accepting the greetings from the reporters, his teachers and friends with a humble smile. In fact, neither Mr. Satham nor his parents, both beedi workers, had even understood the magnitude of the feat and hence, they had not enjoyed that proud moment.

Whenever the achievers are asked about their ambition, they would normally tell the journalists that they would become either a doctor or a software engineer. But a modest and unexpected reply came from this soft-spoken champion: “I want to become a mechanical engineer as my cousin is a very good car mechanic”.

Not only the resources, but also the exposure itself has been very much limited to this poor boy, it seems.

Mr. Satham's father A.S. Abdul Rahman, working in the beedi bundle section of beedi manufacturing unit at Melapalayam, finally but partly understood his son's accomplishment when Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political council member K.M.A. Nizam came to his small house to present a gold coin to his achiever son. Subsequently, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath and a few more organisations too honoured Mr. Satham.

“If some philanthropists can help me, I'll certainly repeat this feat in the Plus Two also,” said Mr. Satham, whose father can be contacted at 81242 – 72304.

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