After a spate of education scams undermining the credibility of examinations conducted in the state, Madhya Pradesh has sprung a pleasant surprise in the IIT-JEE (Advanced) examination by grabbing the top three All-India ranks.
Like the second and the third rankers, the toppers in the girls’ and ‘People with Disability’ categories also belong to Indore.
Finding redemption in the result, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed in a tweet that, “The JEE result reflects excellence in education standards of MP, and the will and spirit of our children.’’
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In another tweet he added, “MP is extremely proud of Satvat, Janak and Mukesh..and Krati Tiwari.’’
Satvat Jagwani, the elder son of a doctor couple from Satna, clinched the top position, scoring 469 marks. “He has always been a topper and doesn’t show his emotions when he achieves something,” his paediatrician father, Dr Manoj Jagwani, told The Indian Express. Satvat’s mother, Bhumika, is a gynaecologist.
The Jagwanis migrated from Pakistan in 1947 and boast of more than 40 engineers in the family, but Satvat is the first an All-India topper. An all-rounder, he is also a black belt in Karate.
“He is a genius with an IQ of 138. He has a photographic memory,” the father said.
But unlike the other toppers, Janak did not go to any coaching institute. The second ranker said he had set his sight on going to IIT Bombay to pursue Computer Science. He future plans include pursuing research and making “the country and city proud”.
Mukesh Pareekh, who stood third, lives with a joint family of 20 members. “It did not impact my studies as I had a separate room,’’ the 18-year-old told The Indian Express. He says he studied for 10 hours every day and stayed away from “computers and other distractions”
Krati Tiwari (17), too, lives in a joint family in Mhow, about 35 km from Indore. Her daily commuting, mostly by bus and occasionally in a pooled car, to her coaching institute frustrated her, she says.
She stood 47th in the All-India merit list but is the topper among girls. Her father is a bank employee, posted in Dhar, while her mother is a housewife.