After 11 months of chemotherapy at AIIMS and having missed his exams due to cancer last year, Ranchi boy Tusshar Rishi returned to score a perfect 10 CGPA in the CBSE Class 10 exams this time.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is the average of grade points obtained in all the subjects excluding 6th additional subject as per scheme of studies. When a student scores A1 grade - between 91%-100% - in all five subjects, the student is awarded a CGPA of 10.
Tusshar, a student of Delhi Public School Ranchi, could not appear for the exams last year as he suffered from unbearable pain in his body after the mock tests. He was later diagnosed with bone cancer and immediately referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
“It wasn’t easy for us. He used to cry in pain. Since he had always been a bright student, even the idea of skipping the exams used to upset him,” said Ritu Agarwal, Tusshar’s mother, a professor at the architecture department of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.
Tusshar returned to Ranchi in January, just two months before his exams, after almost a year-long session of chemotherapy.
The school authorities, his mother said, sought special permission from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to let him appear for the exams.
Tusshar went on to score 10 GPA in all the subjects and proved that cancer isn’t the end of dreams.
Tusshar is yet to take a decision regarding his career; however, he has opted for science with mathematics for class 11 and 12, and is likely to give a shot at the engineering entrance exams.
He leads a normal life now, but has to visit AIIMS once in every three months. “The pain was unbearable. I lead a restricted life with precautions, now, as the chances of a recurrence in cancer is high,” said Tusshar, who realises that he has overcome one of the most dangerous ailments in the world today.
His father, Sashi Bhushan Agarwal, is the deputy director (planning) of the agriculture department in Jharkhand.
"He is one of our brightest students. We wanted to give all possible support to him," said Ram Singh, school principal.
“It is high time we realize that cancer is curable. People as young as Tusshar fight the decease and emerge victorious,” Tusshar’s mother said.