Scrap dealer’s daughter Mahima Nagpal has topped the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class-12 examinations held in March with a near-perfect score of 99.56%.
Battling sickness, her father, Sanjiv Nagpal, supports a family of four with a meagre income of Rs 10,000 a month. Her mother, Poonam Nagpal, is a housewife. To get to this summit, Mahima has slogged for up to 20 hours a day. The non-medical student from Ludhiana’s RS Model Senior Secondary School at Shastri Nagar, where her younger brother also reads, made good use of the fee concession. She aspires to get into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and draws light of inspiration from her physics teacher, Sangeeta. “I never took any private coaching,” says the topper, “self study is the best.”
Komal Rani of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Patiala, is second in the state with a score of 99.33%, while Riya of RS Model Senior Secondary School Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, is third with 98.67% marks. “I consulted only prescribed textbooks and kept a basic routine and full concentration,” said Komal, who wants to get into engineering. Her advice to other students: “Do not join any coaching institute, as the teachers in your school are competent enough to get you to your goal.” Her father, Satish Kumar, said: “She has made us proud.”
Third-topper Riya lost her father young and her mother, a primary teacher in her school, brought her up all by herself. Fee waiver helped and Riya’s dream now is to be an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). As usual in the state, girls have outshone boys. with a pass percentage of 84 against 71. Declaring the result at the PSEB office here, board chairman Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said the overall pass percentage was 76, which hasn’t moved much from 2015 after being 81 in 2014. “Least cases of cheating were reported this year and so we got the best result,” she said.
Of the 341 students on the merit list, the maximum 114 are from Ludhiana district and just one each from Tarn Taran and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr), while three names are from SAS Nagar.
Govt schools do well
Education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the pass percentage of the government schools was second to only meritorious schools. “No score on the merit list is below 95%, and 76 of the bright students come from government schools, including 23 from meritorious schools,” he said.
Rural students have raced ahead of their urban counterparts in pass percentage by a close difference of 1. The government schools have done better than private institutions, which happen to be more expensive and caught in a fee-hike row with parents.
Bicycle repairman’s son first in sports category
Bicycle repairman’s son Sahil Midda of the commerce stream is first in the Class-12 sports category. A state-level baseball player who wants to be a chartered accountant, he has closed his school-education account with a home run, lifting his performance from 90% in Class 10 to 100% now. “I used to revise everything taught in school the same day,” says the boy from Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior secondary School, Shimla Puri, Ludhiana, who cracked the test after breaking his leg before the examinations. His mother is a housewife.
The education board has issued a separate merit list for the sports-category students. Board chairman Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said: “The policy to give additional marks for sports performance was put into action last year based on directions from the Centre.” Ludhiana’s Pratiksha and Gurdaspur’s Rishabdeep Singh and Sumer Jeet Singh were also tied on 100% marks in the category but the board declared Midda overall topper because he is the youngest. A benefit of 15 and 25 marks went to the winners or participants of the state- and national-level sports competitions, respectively. The toppers will receive Rs 1 lakh cash award each. This year, 41 athletes did well in academics as well to have their score written on this merit list.
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