With the Intermediate (Class XII) result of UP Board being declared on Sunday, Barabanki once again hogged the limelight with joint-first (two students), joint-second (two) and three of five who stood joint-third toppers hailing from the district. Over the years, the district has almost always been in the spotlight when it comes to UP Board results.
Barring Shiv Raj, who stood joint-third, all other toppers are girls this year.
Deeksha Verma and Riya Verma, both hailing from Barabanki, scored 487 of total 500 marks, or 97.4 per cent for the top rank. While Deeksha is a student of Ram Sewak Yadav Inter College, Riya is a student of Maharani Laxmi Bai Memorial (RLBM) Inter College. Four of the top nine students are from RLBM.
Deeksha, whose father runs a medical store, said that it was enormous support from the teachers and parents alike that helped her achieve the distinction. “I wanted to fulfil my parent’s dream of seeing me pass with excellent marks. Today I have fulfilled that dream,” said Deeksha, who now wants to pursue BTech and become an engineer. Her idols are Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
Arun Kumar the father of joint topper Riya Verma, said that his daughter used to study for 15-16 hours every day. “I used to wake up at 4am and study, before taking the bus to school, which is 30 kilometres away,” Riya said. Riya, who wants to become a Mechanical Engineer, had stood fourth in UP Board Class X examinations.
Reshu Verma and Tanushree Verma, both RLBM students, stood joint second with 97 per cent marks. “My daughter has god-gifted talent when it comes to studies,” said Reshu’s father Yogendra Verma, who is an advocate with sessions court in Barabanki. In Class X, she had grabbed the third spot. Reshu said that she wants to pursue a course in IIT and then become an IAS officer.
Tanushree, whose father owns and runs a school, said that she too wants to become an IAS officer and weed out corruption from the country. “She never likes going to social functions, instead preferring to stay home and study,” said her father Dinesh Chandra Verma, adding that “sometimes we have to even scold her to make her take a break.”
Apart from these four, Puja Yadav (RLBM, Barabanki), Vijayshree Vajpai (Waris Children’s Academy, Barabanki), Shiv Raj Singh (Sai Inter College, Barabanki), Archita Prajapati and Pallavi Gupta (both from Vikas Vidya Mandir Inter college, Fatehpur) stood joint-third with 96.80 per cent marks.