A clean sweep again over boys. Girls take the top three positions in the class-12 examinations of the Punjab school education board, the results of which were out on Thursday afternoon. Only one boy sneaked into first 30.
Education minister Sikander Singh Maluka checking in late at the board office in Mohali kept the declaration waiting an extra hour, but the result was expected. With maximum merit positions, 157 out of 307, Ludhiana had made its mark again. In top 50 students, 32 are from this district, and in top 10, except a joint third from Ropar, all belong to the city and neighbourhood.
Science student Parul Gupta of Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary Public School at Jagraon in Ludhiana district is first in the state with 945 marks out of 1,000. Pride of her parents, school, and the city, she has done it thanks to her eight-hour extra study everyday. After cracking the formula of success, she wants to teach chemistry.
Parul was confident of winning the top rank. "I have put in a lot of hard work in the past few years," she said. Her father, Gulshan Gupta, and mother, Rita, find her a very sincere daughter.
Top marks there as well
With a score of 939, humanities student Rishu of BCM Senior Secondary School at Focal Point in Ludhiana is second in the state. The daughter of an accountant aspires to make a statement by becoming an officer in the Indian Administrative Service. "We are very proud of our daughter" said her father, Raj Kumar. He mother, Rekha Devi, can scarce believe her achievement.
Rishu did it without outside help. It needed six hours of self-study each day but it has all paid off. Her immediate aim is to enter the Government College for Women in Ludhiana. Badminton and rock music help her beat stress, and parents and teachers inspire her to win. The girl with a heart in fine arts was at her relative's in Jalandhar when the news came to her. "Trust in your teachers and school lessons," she said. "You don't need outside tuitions."
Their names rhyme, and their scores are almost identical. Earning 938 marks, humanities student Nishu Bedi is just one step behind schoolmate Rishu. She shares the third position with commerce student Manpreet Kaur of DAV Public School, Ropar. Nishu's decision is to become a lawyer, but first she looks for a seat in the Government College for Women. She loves to read and play badminton. "I thought I would be first," she said, "but I missed out by a few marks."
Nishu's father, Sushil Bedi, is into bicycle making, and her mother, Anita Bedi, is a housewife. "Right from early childhood, she is good in studies," said Anita Bedi, "credit to her teachers." "My success mantras," said Nishu, "are hard work, regular study, and focus on goal."