Amit Kumar has become one of the toppers in the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education Examination scoring 98.2% in the Science stream, the results of which were announced on May 15.
Kumar, 17, the son of a daily wage farm worker, scored 100 each in Chemistry and Mathematics and 97 marks in Physics.
The board did not announce the merit list this year as it felt that the move will curb competition between schools and lessen the burden on students.
Kumar’s father, Surendra said he was struggling to pay his son’s school fees and it was the director of the private school where his son studied came forward to help him after seeing Kumar’s dedication.
The family was earlier depended on agriculture but as it was not enough to sustain the family and to educate his children, he doubles up as a daily wage farm worker, said Surendra .
“While my daughter is married, my elder son is studying BTech from a government engineering college in Bharatpur,” he said.
After passing Class 8 from a government school, he enrolled at the private school in Bharatpur, about 13 km Peepla, his native village, said Kumar, who aspires to join the Indian Administrative Services.
Pramod Singh, the director of the school, said he decided to help Amit after he scored 94% in the Class 10 board exams.
“Pramod Singh allowed me to at the school hostel for free,” said Amit, who was once on the verge of discontinuing his studies due to the family’s financial condition.
The Bharatpur-based Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation has come forward to sponsor Kumar’s higher education.
It is a commendable performance for a village boy with dearth of facilities to become one of the top scorers in the state, said Sitaram Gupta, the foundation’s director.