They'll be doctors so that no other girl is killed in the womb. To a district with the lowest sex ratio, the disadvantaged sex has brought laurels by winning high ranks in the Punjab Medical Entrance Test. Girls outshined boys in the results declared on Monday.
Shabnam Goyal, rank 14, score 708 out of 800; Shiwali Singla (87); Divyani Goyal (182), Nancy (387), Komal Jindal (418), and Shilpi (850), thanks to their progressive parents, were born to win.
Among the boys from the district, Ankit Jindal (rank 87), and Deepak Kumar Mittal (215) qualified for medical education.
Just as the songs of Colonial Cousins' Hariharan and Leslie Lewis, cousins Shabnam and Divyani also have some zing. Now applause must be music to their ears.
Coached in Bathinda and once educated at Sant Fateh Singh School in Maur, the girls have cracked the PMET. Both were in class 10 at DAV Public School, Mansa. Shabnam's father, businessman Vinod Kumar, and Divyani's father, Manoj Kumar, are brothers.
"Besides my teachers BN Kapila, VS Puri, RK Deora, and SK Gupta, my parents are the reason for my success," said Shabnam. "Our achievement is a strong reply to the parents who kill daughters in the womb."
Chemist's daughter finds success formula
Shiwali Singla of DAV Public School, Mansa, is happy with her 668 marks and rank 87 in the PMET. Her father, Pawan Kumar, runs a chemist shop. "My daughter is eager to serve society," said Kumar. "She took coaching from Bathinda, and now she is the pride of the entire district of Mansa."
Mansa's Nancy stood 397th in the state, and now is ready for further studies. Her father, Krishan Kumar, junior engineer in Mansa was overwhelmed with emotion to express his happiness. "My daughter has kept my head high," he said. "I support all her efforts. She took coaching from Bathinda and went to Vidya Bharti School in Mansa."
Lessons from teacher parents
Komal Jindal, daughter of a teacher in a government school, won rank 418. "I went to Vidya Bharti School, Mansa, and coaching class in Bathinda," she said. "I worked hard but my father, Kulwant Rai, and mother, Darshan Devi, worked the hardest for my success."
Kulwant Rai is a government schoolteacher and Darshana Devi is a lecturer at a government school for girls.
"I have only two daughters," said Kulwant. "My second daughter, Manisha, who is also quite intelligent, is in class 7. Komal won scholarships in class 8 and 10 and her final ambition is to join the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)."
Boys aim for AIIMS
"I studied late into the night every day," said Amit Kumar, who also took coaching from Bathinda. "My father, Pawan Kumar, supported me. I want to serve society as a doctor, and my ultimate dream is to enter the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)," he added.
Dipanshu Mittal (rank 24) of Bathinda is also among short-listed candidates from the All-India Pre-Medical Test, Benaras Hindu University; medical entrances of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi.
"I am not in a mood to celebrate," he said. "My first aim is to clear the AIIMS test. My parents, Dr Vijay and Dr Anita Mittal, teachers, friends and the Almighty are to be thanked for my success."