Humanities stream students Adya Joshi and Prithvir Bhalla have broken all stereotypes after emerging as Delhi-NCR toppers in this year’s Indian School Certificate (ISC) exams.
Adya and Prithvir do not belong to the science stream. The do not study for 20 hours a day nor spend their time locked up in a room among books -- a criteria that is traditionally perceived essential to be board exam toppers. The two 18-year-old students devote ample time to enjoy their hobbies and say they love to spend time with their friends.
“I am ecstatic about scoring such good grades, and top
ping the state and Delhi-NCR. It is a great feeling and I must say that one does not need to study all the time to score well. One needs to concentrate for whatever time he/she studies,” Adya Joshi who aspires to be a lawyer, said.
Prithvir who is on vacation in London, said, “I feel great that I made my parents and the school proud. I wish to study politics and international relations and continue in the arts stream.”
Keen learners, all-round performers, excellent orators -- this is how teachers describe Adya and Prithvir. Teachers say this bright duo of The Shri Ram School, Moulsari, have been consistent performers. They have been equally good in extracurricular activities too.
“The students have always participated in various competitions and continued to work hard in academics. The two were always open to feedback, which is important. Good learners are always good listeners. We as a school are proud of our staff and the style of teaching,” Manisha Malhotra, principal of The Shri Ram School, Moulsari, said.
Adya’s mother said she never focused on a single plan.
“We have never pressurised our child to only study. Adya has always been given all options and opportunities to peruse her passion and hobbies. Adya has always taken time out for friends and was never stopped from partying,” Sanjana Joshi, Adya’s mother, said.
Talking about their preparation for the exams, the duo suggest that studying for two hours with complete attention is more productive than sitting for hours without focusing.