Humanities stream students in Madhya Pradesh stole the limelight for the second consecutive year by clinching top berths in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 board examinations.
Riju Shrivastava, a student of humanities, secured the top marks in the state by scoring 98% in the exams followed by Apurva Sinha of same stream, who scored 97.6%. Last year, Parul Palod topped in the state, scoring 97%.
Despite emerging as toppers for the second consecutive year in the exams, students from the arts stream do not want to stay in Madhya Pradesh to pursue higher education.
To pursue a career in literature, Palod moved to Ahmedabad for her graduation. Shrivastava too wants to shift from Bhopal to Delhi to pursue her graduation. Similarly, Sinha is planning to shift to Delhi or Kolkata for higher studies.
“I want to shift to Delhi to pursue my higher education. In Madhya Pradesh, colleges are not so good that can help me realise my dream of cracking the civil services examination,” said Shrivastava.
Sinha too said he did not want to continue his higher education in MP. “I want to prepare for the civil services examination, but there is not a single college that can strengthen my foundation,” she said.
“I want to go to Delhi University for graduation but my mother is against my shifting to the national capital as it is not safe for women so I am also looking at Presidency University in Kolkata, as a second option.”
Jayshree Kanwar, principal of Sagar Public School said: “Humanities students do not continue their higher education in Madhya Pradesh for two reasons as they prefer to pursue a career in literature and mass communication or opt to crack the Union Public Service Commission examination.”
‘Fine’ performance; eight get perfect 100
Six students from the Bhopal’s St Joseph’s Convent School, Idgah Hills, made it to the top 10 list, while eight others secured a perfect 100 in fine arts.
Shruti Shukla, Kanika Lahoti, Sakshi Rahtogi, Akshara Ashok, Eva Sharma, Shivani Jain, Ishita Mishra and P Shruti congratulated each other, shared sweets and broke into little jigs. And why not? They had scored full marks in fine arts.
Amid the celebrations, the girls did not forget to thank their teacher Bhumika Singh, who they said (unanimously) helped them achieve the milestone.
Singh, who has been teaching several subjects, including sports, environment studies, biology and fine arts, at St Joseph’s Convent for the last 18 years, too beamed with joy. Four of her other students had also secured more than 95% marks in the examination and had also cleared entrance tests of various design institutes.
Indore girls outperform boys in humanities and science streams
Indore girls once again outperformed boys for top positions in different streams. Except, in Commerce, girls claimed top positions in the Humanities and Science streams.
Prachi Palod of Shishukunj International School and Atharv Lokre of Delhi Public School in Indore, emerged as toppers in the city with identical 96.8%.
In the Science stream, three girls - Muskan Agrawal from St Raphael’s Higher Secondary School, Shruti Jain from Indore Public School and Shreeya Jain from Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar– shared the first position with identical 96.2%.