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UP topper wins the kiss!

INTERMEDIATE TOPPERS have a rosy future ahead of them. After the announcement of the UP Board intermediate result on Sunday, these toppers acknowledged the contribution of their teachers in shaping their future. But, they have a genuine worry. Who will shape the careers of the gennext? Almost all the meritorious students said they would opt for engineering stream. Teaching? ?Well? that is something that we are not interested in.
By HT Live Correspondent | None
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2006 01:00 AM IST

INTERMEDIATE TOPPERS have a rosy future ahead of them. After the announcement of the UP Board intermediate result on Sunday, these toppers acknowledged the contribution of their teachers in shaping their future. But, they have a genuine worry. Who will shape the careers of the gennext?

Almost all the meritorious students said they would opt for engineering stream. Teaching? “Well… that is something that we are not interested in. Heavenly bodies fascinate me and I want to become space engineer,” said Vaibhav Anand Srivastava of Lucknow Public Inter College, Jail Road who topped the examination in the state by notching 94.6 pc (473/500) marks.

He said: “Teaching work has never interested me. And that’s it.” He showered praises on his teachers and agreed that meritorious students were largely neglecting teaching line as they don’t see enough scope to grow. Vaibhav said: “My mission is to get into NASA. Like Rakesh Sharma, I too want to be on top of the world and be close to the moon, stars and other heavenly bodies.”

Eight students from Lucknow Public Inter College—six from the Jail Road branch and two from Rajajipuram branch—are on the merit list of 21 rank (total 45 students). Surkhab Bano, a girl from Rajat Girls Inter College has topped amongst girl students in the state. She holds the third rank while Shyam Agnihotri, a student of Government Jubilee Inter College from the city is also in the merit. He holds the 16th rank with 88.2 pc marks.

It was a happy moment for Vaibhav, too. But, he said the greatest moment of his life was when he met President APJ Abdul Kalam on 2004. Recalling his meeting with the first person of the country, he said: “I showed him my science project and he appreciated it. That was a big compliment.” This topper secured 78.16 pc in UP Board High School examination in 2004.

Surkhab Bano has been ranked third with 92.2 pc (461/500) marks. Bano wants to join civil services and would also try her luck into politics. She feels that the country needs good politicians and meritorious students should come into politics. She had 81 pc marks in High School. Nishith Singh of Lucknow Public Inter College, Jail Road pulled 91.2 pc (5th rank) was happy to be amongst the merit. He too wants to go into engineering. 

Ritu Mishra (ranked 7th) notched 90.6 pc and appeared in IIT and AIEEE examinations. She wants to become software engineer. Vidisha Kasturi (13th rank) scored 88.8 pc. Both these students are from Lucknow Public Inter College and supports government the reservation policy.

Vidisha wants to be an engineer and is also eyeing civil services. Talking about lack of interests for teaching job amongst the meritorious students, she said the government should set up some teaching training institute that commands equal respect as IITs and IIMs.

She regretted lack of interests amongst toppers for teaching job. Sarika Chauhan, ranked 13th, is also a student of Lucknow Public Inter College. But, unlike Vidisha and Ritu, she disapproves reservations as they push the meritorious on the backfoot.

Other toppers from the city are Sumeet Dubey (rank 16th, 88 pc); Sameer Gupta (rank 18th, 87.8 pc); Ashish Kumar Singh (rank 19th, 87.6 pc). Ashish held 12th rank in the High School merit two years back.

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