Fighting against all odds, the daughter of a daily wage earner has topped this year's class XII arts examination in Assam.
All that Geetika's father Dharani Talukdar earns in a month is a meagre Rs 600 while her mother Ira weaves clothes to add whatever possible to the impoverished family's income.
The Talukdars hail from the nondescript Barvitha village of Barpeta district, living in a thatched house with no electricity.
Geetika Talukdar secured 454 marks out of 500 with letter marks (above 80) in English, Modern Indian Language, Education, Logic and Philosophy, Anthropology and Economics. She also scored the highest marks in Modern Indian Language and Anthropology in the state.
Geetika, who studied in the Bausi Banikanta Kakati College, now wants to become a teacher after graduating in economics at the prestigious Cotton College in Guwahati.
According to her parents, this is undoubtedly the happiest moment of their lives.
"We are happy that many organisations have come forward to sponsor our daughter's higher studies. All these year's her school and college have been helping in a great way in looking after her studies," they said.
Their household had no electricity till the day the results were announced on Wednesday. The influential students body AASU helped provide electricity connection at her home on Friday and have announced to help her in pursuing higher studies.
"We will provide all help to Geetika so that she can continue with her higher studies," AASU leader Bipul Rabha told PTI.
"She has set an example for the students of the state. Hard work and dedication can work wonders," he said.
The National Students Union of India has also announced that it will extend help for her higher studies.
The overall pass percentage in the arts stream was 68.66 per cent, compared to last year's 67.99 per cent. The flood-ravaged district of Dhemaji recorded a pass percentage of 85.19, the highest among all the 26 districts of the state.