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Prince Kumar, son of a DTC bus driver, tops science stream in Delhi govt schools

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the result of the Class 12 examination on its website on Saturday.

Board Exams 2018 Updated: May 27, 2018 15:19 IST
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Prince Kumar with his parents. (Photo courtesy: Manish Sisodia /Twitter)

There is no secret to success, an elated Meghna Srivastava, the India topper of CBSE Class 12 exam, said after the results were declared on Saturday. The Noida student attributed her nearly perfect score (100 on 100 in all subjects except 99 in English) to sheer hard work.

Another such remarkable feat of overcoming odds was achieved by Prince Kumar, the son of a DTC bus driver, who topped the science stream in Delhi government schools with an impressive 97%.

Kumar scored 100/100 in maths, 99/100 eco, and 98/100 in chemistry. Delhi’s deputy chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, congratulated him and said it was a “very proud moment” for him.

Prince Kumar, the overall government school topper with 485 marks out of 500, said he is still reeling from the shock of the results. “I am the son of a DTC bus driver. I never expected this... Now I have media people calling me,” he said, choking on tears.

Prince said the government schools had changed for the better in recent years, and it helped his score. “The kids at these schools may come from a particular socio-economic background. But our teachers and facilities are almost as good as private schools. All teachers are well qualified, and they help us out,” said the student of the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in Dwarka’s Sector 10. He now hopes to pursue an electronics and communications engineering degree, and has cleared his JEE (Mains).

Chitra Kaushik, with 95.6%, was the topper in the humanities stream. Prachi Prakash, with 96.2%, was the topper in the commerce stream.

Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio in the AAP government, said in another tweet. “It was also touching moment to speak to Prachi Prakash and her family, topper of Delhi Govt school, Commerce stream in Class 12. Daughter of a small private company executive, Prachi got 96.2% with 100/100 in Eco, 99/100 in Math.”

He also interacted with Chitra Kaushik, a Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector’s daughter, who topped the arts stream in Delhi government schools.

Sisodia highlighted the performance of Delhi students in Class 12 results and pointed that 168 government schools achieved 100% results, against 112 of last year. The CBSE Class 12 results were announced on Saturday. The overall pass percentage was 83.01% as against last year’s 82.02%.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: May 27, 2018 09:33 IST