BY scoring 98 per cent in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII examination,Pune boy Akshay Ramanathan has become the state topper in his stream. The student of DAV Public School,Aundh,has secured 100 per cent marks in Chemistry and wants to become an engineer.
Initially,I only knew that I was the school topper. Then somebody started saying that I might be the city topper. But becoming Maharashtra topper is huge. I mean I cant believe that I actually did it. I am on the top of the world, said Akshay. I always studied regularly and planned my studies. Hence,I was pretty cool during the exam time and didnt take undue stress as I had completed my syllabus and was only doing revision, he added.
Akshay,whose mother works with BSNL and father is a bank officer,has always been a good student. I used to get good marks in all exams but this is really huge. I mean apart from cent per cent result in chemistry,I also got 99 in maths and physics, he said.
Akshay plans to become an engineer. I have cleared the JEE Mains with 268 marks. Now I am preparing for JEE Advanced. I want to join one of the IITs and if I dont get through,I want to join BITS,Pilani, he said.
Attributing his success to divine blessings,too,Akshay said: I regularly go to temple. I used to go to temple every day during the exam time. It is also Gods blessing that I have got such high marks.
Akshays family is originally from Madurai in Tamil Nadu.
Talking to Newsline,his elated father S Ramanathan said: I had gone to office and then got a call from my son that he had topped in his school. But now I get to hear that he has topped in the whole state,which is more than we could have ever imagined. I immediately came back from office. This is the best day of my life. Nobody in my family has topped and he is the first one. I cant express how happy my wife and I are. Today we are proud to say that he is our son. My wife has not stopped smiling since hearing about the result.
Apart from studies,Akshays passion lies in classical music. I used to learn Carnatic music. Last year,I discontinued learning it. But that always had a soothing effect on me, he said,adding that he wanted to dedicate this achievement to his parents and his school. Without their help,I would have never achieved this, said Akshay.