Why no Indian Idol-Braino?
They are toppers. They are intelligent. They occupied a couple of kilometres of newsprint space and several hours of television bytes… yet, were in the news just for a day. The very next day, they were back into oblivion.
Ask your friend ‘Who was crowned the first Indian Idol?’ And, even before you can finish your question, you’ll have the answer: Abhijeet Sawant. That’s right!
Now, ask him to name this year’s Class XII topper at the UP Boards. He will start scratching his head. Reason: Vaibhav Anand Srivastava, Class XII UP Board topper or, for that matter, all the other meritorious students of any of the Boards are hardly remembered.
Are they not the right choice for Indian Idol? Yes, they are. There should be some contest that showcases the academic bent of mind of the toppers. But sadly, even after putting in such hard work, Vaibhav’s charisma did not last for even a week. Time we had a special show for them now.
Meritorious students of various Boards of the State capital agree that often, they go unrecognized. Says Ahmad Emad of St Francis’ College who secured 97 pc in Class X ICSE examinations: “There should be some TV programme that can project the talent of toppers too.”
“So far whatever TV shows we have watch in the name of talent hunts, they have been confined to singing and dancing. Surprisingly, there is no show that ‘idolises’ the intellect of the meritorious students or projects the hard work of meritorious students of various Boards. I feel there should be some show for us on the lines of Indian Idol,” he says.
No wonder, meritorious students do get scholarships but that alone is not enough. This does not tell the story of their hard work. Bhawni Mehrotra of Study Hall who topped in Class XII CBSE examinations said: “Scholarships are not enough. Meritorious students deserve a much better treatment. Also, they would be great source of inspiration if there are special programmes on them.”
If you are a producer and want to fund such projects, you need not even work hard for the content. Just relax. For these bright students themselves have the recipe ready! Vaibhav, the topper of Class XII UP Board, is all set already. He says, the contest should be even and be divided into two separate groups, viz.,
for Class X and XII. Vaibhav suggests: “Questions should be based on syllabus of all subjects of all the Boards. This will make the contest all the more even and then one can actually test the potential of meritorious students of different boards.”
According to meritorious students, this will give a fair enough idea to the viewers about which Board is better or even which Board will best suit their wards. Harsh of Cathedral School says that often people feel that had their child should shift from CBSE or ISC board but are not sure so, such a programme would be of great help.
Shivani Shukla, who secured over 96 pc in ISC Class XII examination is also for such programmes. “Though, there are some programmes like quizzes, etc but they are not enough. There should be one such exclusive programme that purely tests the intellect of meritorious students so that hard work put in by them does not go unnoticed,” she said.