Gurgaon: Humanities second ranker aspires to become IAS officer

The 17-year-old daughter of a farmer wants to change the mindset regarding the girl child in Haryana

gurgaon Updated: May 18, 2017 22:35 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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Komal Raghav’s family welcomed her with flower garlands at her home in Farrukhnagar on the outskirts of Gurgaon.

Komal Raghav, the second-highest humanities scorer of the Haryana board, aspires to become an IAS officer and bring about a change in mindset regarding the girl child.

The 17-year-old Farrukhnagar resident, a student of Raja Ram Memorial Public Senior Secondary School, secured 481 out of 500 in her Class 12 state board examination, the results of which were declared on Thursday.

Born to a farmer, Komal wants to change the face of Haryana and serve the country. “I want to change people’s mindset in the state regarding the girl child,” she said.

“I received a grand welcome at home. Everyone is happy about my position,” she added.

Komal said she expected to score well in the board examinations as she had studied for over eight hours daily. “I enjoy studying history and political science,” she said.

Her parents, Ravinder and Sarla Raghav, were on Thursday delighted to find out that their daughter had come in second in her stream in the whole state.

“I had told her that if she doesn’t get more than 90% marks, I am not going to let her study further. Now, she has made me proud. I want her to study and fulfil her dreams,” said her father Ravinder, a farmer.

Komal was welcomed with flower garlands at home by her parents and two brothers — Mohit and Yogesh. While Mohit is pursuing his BEd, Yogesh studies in class 10.

“As she was always curious to know more, I gifted her a laptop on her last birthday. She uses it to search for information related to her studies,” said Ravinder, who has only studied till class 10. Apart from studies, she also likes to sing and dance, said Komal’s mother Sarla, who has studied till class 8.

In the state board results, Ismile of Fatehabad secured 483 out of 500, becoming the humanities topper in Haryana. Komal shared the second position in the stream with Ritu of SD Girls School in Narwana, Jind.

Harish Sharma, from Vivekanand School in Rewadi, has scored 491 in the science stream, making him the top scorer among all streams. In commerce, Urvashi of the Vijeta Public School, Karnal, topped the state with 490 marks.

Of the 2.1 lakh students who appeared in the examination, 73.44% of the girls passed the board exam while the figure stood at 57.5% for boys.

First Published: May 18, 2017 22:35 IST