For Vivek Kumar, a student of St John’s High School, Sector 26, securing 90.2% in the Commerce stream in the Class 12 exams came as a huge surprise. “I did not check my results myself. I got to know about it only when people called to congratulate me. I was extremely happy and couldn’t believe I scored such good marks. I was just glad that my hard work finally paid off,” he says.
Belonging to the economically disadvantaged group, Vivek has a small house but big dreams and an even greater dedication towards his family which urged him to take up a job right after his examinations were over.
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His father, Ramjit is a vegetable vendor in Chandigarh till recently was the only earning member till Vivek started got a job. Earning Rs 8,000 per month, Vivek describes his salary as means to contribute towards making his family’s financial conditions better.
Speaking about his decision to work, Vivek told the Chandigarh Newsline,”I started working at Westside in the billing and sales department on April 6, after my exams were over. I had a lot of free time in hand during the vacations and I thought I was capable of supporting my family.”
Dedicating his success to his parents and extremely supportive teachers, he said,”I think everyone contributed to my success. My parents and my elder sister have always been supportive, the school reduced the annual fee and my teachers helped me prepare well for my exams.” Speaking about his future plans, Vivek wants to become a chartered accountant and would leave his full-time summer job to concentrate completely on his studies after getting admission. “I will apply for B.Com in a government college in Chandigarh and will start preparing for CA. That’s the only thing I want to concentrate on so that I can achieve success,” he said.