Against all odds,on top of govt schools in Class XII

Most say they battled adverse conditions to achieve their academic dreams.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2013 1:47 am

A day after CBSE announced the results for Class XII examination,government school toppers were still taking time to allow the news to sink in on Tuesday. Most say they battled adverse conditions at home to achieve their academic dreams and now want to work towards a brighter future.

Ankit Saini

(Commerce,97.4%)

Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya,Dwarka

“Both my parents started crying when I told them I had topped the Class XII exam,” says this year’s topper among government schools in Delhi.

Fighting the financial constraints at home,Ankit scored 97.4 per cent with full marks in economics,99 in accountancy,98 in mathematics and 95 each in English and business studies.

Ankit’s father was paralysed six years ago and his mother works as a domestic help to support the family. Ankit derives inspiration from his grandfather — a teacher in a government school.

“He told me that I should study commerce and has been supporting me since,” he says. He scored a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 9 in Class X.

The second of four brothers,Ankit lives in a rented accommodation in Shahbad Mohammadpur village,Dwarka. His older brother,Ravinder,studies at Hans Raj College.

“My teachers helped my confidence. They always told me that I’d be in the papers one day,” says the 17-year-old,who wants to enrol for B Com (Hons) at Shri Ram College of Commerce.

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Lalit Larka

(Science,96.2%)

SV (co-ed) School,Paschim Vihar

The youngest of five siblings,Lalit wants to make a difference in the society by becoming a doctor. He has taken the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admission to medical colleges in India and is hopeful of getting a seat.

He topped the Science stream and is ranked second in the state among toppers from government schools. Lalit scored 99 in chemistry,97 in biology and 95 each in English,physics and mathematics.

Son of a tempo driver,Lalit lives in Mundka. “My father always encouraged me to work hard,” he says.

His principal,Lalit Kumar,proud of his performance. “This is the first that someone has scored this high and we have had a topper,” Kumar says.

Lalilt is grateful to teachers. “My teachers are very good and they always gave their 100 per cent,” he says.

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Moomina Sheikh

(Arts,95.2%)

Government Girls Senior Secondary School,Shakti Nagar

Jovial and confident,Moomina says she expected to top as she had studied hard and done well in the exams.

Moomina scored 99 in economics,96 in home science,95 in political science,94 in English and 92 in history.

With an aim of becoming a civil servant,Moomina wants to pursue a Bachelors in Arts. She has read about DU’s four-year programme in newspapers,but has not attended any open house yet.

Daughter of a factory worker,Moomina says the current conditions in the city,especially crimes against women,have motivated her to become an IAS officer. “When I become an IAS officer,I will increase protection for women,” the 17-year-old says.

She loves reading Prem Chand and is also a Bollywood fan. “I like comedy and music,” she says.

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