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‘Unsatisfactory scores no reason for despair’

Anamika Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 26, 2007
First Published: 01:50 IST(26/5/2007) | Last Updated: 19:37 IST(31/5/2007)

For those who pass with flying colours in the Class XII examinations, the sky appears to be the limit. There is also another side to the story — that of the many students who fail to make a mark in the Board exams. Does it mean the end of the road for them? Not really, going by the experiences of many who made it big despite having none-too-impressive performances in Class XII.

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Santosh Batadya, operations manager in Convergys, is a case in point. “I scored a measly 52 per cent in my twelfth standard. It was quite frustrating at that time as all my friends had good marks. Some even got selected in good engineering colleges. It was then that I decided to have some focus in my life.”

Batadya decided to join a call centre and to continue his studies alongside the job, a choice that a large number of students are increasingly making after they pass out of school. “I worked at night, studied during the day. Though it was extremely difficult for me to manage, I think I struck a right balance.”

Thanks to a series of smart career moves over a span of three years, Batadya is today enjoying the many benefits that accompany his plum post.

Reminisces Anil Sharma, who scored 55 per cent in Science stream not so long ago. “Naturally, this wasn’t the kind of aggregate that could help me get through a decent college. Instead, I decided to pursue a three-year diploma in mechanical engineering from Pusa Institute and also took up a job. I started off with a salary of Rs. 65,000 a year.”

Sharma is now a senior engineer at Abbscissa-Worbus Tech Private Limited.

So why is there a hoopla over the Class XII Board results? According to Priya Vaidya, who teaches Economics  at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, “students have begun to realise that success isn’t degree-oriented. Two things are extremely important for a student — focus on one’s goals and adaptability to a certain job.” Vaidya adds that every year, there are students who don’t do well, but go to different universities like Amity and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. “DU is no longer the dead end for a student and justifiably so.”


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