Mahima Nagpal of R S Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar bagged the first rank in Class XII state board examinations in the non-medical stream, the results of which were announced on Friday. She secured 99.56 per cent marks.
Mahima’s father, Sanjeev Kumar, is suffering from paralysis due to which movement of facial muscles is impeded. However, his happiness is evident from the sparkle in his eyes similar to the one that appeared two years ago when Mahima had secured the second rank in the Class X board examinations.
“My father’s face is my only inspiration. I have no other wish than to make him happy. Even in his condition, he still goes to the scrap shop so that we do not suffer. Mother stitches clothes, to support the family. My success is a tribute to both of them,” says Mahima. The family lives in a small quarter of Abdullahpur Basti.
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“When she stood second in the state in class 10, I told her to study harder and make her father proud again. He is living seeing her face. Now, his other body parts are also giving up, but still goes to the shop,” said Poonam, her mother.
‘Government schools can match up’
The only government school student in the top three non-sports merit rank holders, Komal Rani from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines Patiala- secured second rank in Punjab with 99.33% marks in the non-medical stream.
She also said that the people should shed the perception that the students of government schools cannot excel in the board exams.
“It is a complete misconception that government school students cannot excel. I was always encouraged by my father to work harder. My brother is pursuing engineering, I too want to pursue the same,” she said adding that mathematics has always been an easy game for her. “I want to make my parents proud but without being a bookworm,” she said.
‘She’s a mother’s pride’
Raised by a single mother, Riya Garg was in Class III when her father passed away. Standing first in Punjab with 97.69% marks in class X two years ago, Riya ensured that her mother continues to be proud of her. Securing 98.67% marks in non-medical stream, she sealed third rank in state.
Rupali Garg, her mother, works as a pre-primary teacher in the same school earning Rs 10,000 a month. Controlling her tears, she said, “When she topped in class 10, I was on cloud nine. Today, I am beyond that. Our school was so supportive and gave fee concession to my both kids. My in-laws have been extremely supportive, else it was never easy for a single mother to raise two small children.”
“I have seen that how my mother raised us, working so hard. My grandfather saw my father in me. Now, next aim is to clear entrance exams for top colleges,” said Riya, a student of RS Model School, Ludhiana.