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Cancer can’t weaken will of two Mumbai students from taking HSC exams

Two youths, from Mira Road and Kurla, write exams even as they battle blood and bone cancer.

mumbai Updated: Feb 25, 2019 07:45 IST
Ankita Bhatkhande
Ankita Bhatkhande
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Eros Agarwal and Samiksha Sinkar(HT Photo )

For two HSC students – Eros Agrawal from Mira Road and Samiksha Sinkar from Kurla – the exams which began on Thursday are not just a test of their knowledge, but also their will to fight cancer.

Eros, 18, a commerce student at Mithibai College, was detected with blood cancer in October 2017. As travelling during treatment was tough, he couldn’t attend the lectures and had to even miss his Class 11 exams. His family asked him to take the exam next year. But Eros, even after undergoing more than 50 chemotherapy sessions, decided against it, and filled his form as a private candidate.

“He had scored 90% in Class 10 and was in his dream college. But fate took an ugly turn and couldn’t attend classes. Despite all this, he is writing his exams,” said his father Rajesh, who runs a small business. After his request, the state board allotted him 20 minutes extra for each hour, considering his medical condition. His cancer treatment will go on till 2020. “I want to become a CA. I will try my best to fulfil my dream, despite the obstacles,” said Agrawal.

Samiksha Sinkar, 17, a commerce student, was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2018. After several rounds of chemotherapy, she will undergo a surgery in March. A student of commerce stream, she is writing her exams this year. “We did not pressurise her to take the exam, but she did not want to miss a year. She has been preparing for entrance exams for design schools and we hope she clears them,” said her mother Sonali.

The board has allotted her extra time, while the Bengali Education Society junior college, from where she has filled her form, has given her ground-floor seating, as she has pain in her right leg. “I feel better now and will try to finish the paper without using extra time,” said Sinkar.

First Published: Feb 25, 2019 00:39 IST