His father, Mehul Mashkaria, was a topper. His twin elder sisters, Aastha and Aashka, carried forward the family tradition. Satvik Mashkaria, the youngest in the family, took the legacy forward when he made his mark in the list of toppers in the state board examinations, the results of which were announced Thursday. Satvik secured 99.98 percentile.
In 2012 ,(also reported by this paper on May 10,2012), his twin elder sisters were among the toppers of Class XII (medical), scoring 99.89% (Aashka) and 99.47% (Aastha) in the state board results. Also, both of them were among the toppers of medical entrance examination — Gujarat Common entrance Test (GUJCET) — and are currently pursuing their MBBS from B J Medical College.
Mehul, an orthopaedic, had also topped the Class XII in 1983. “It is really overwhelming to see my daughters and now my son replacing the newspaper cuttings which I have saved all these three decades, when I was the topper in Class XII (1983) from the Ahmedabad centre and secured the seventh position in Class X in 1981,” said Mehul, showing his files that he has maintained for all these years.
But unlike the family profession, Satvik wants to join IIT. “The choice of mathematics over biology was only because of my interest in the subject. By any means, I could not leave mathematics. After engineering, I want to continue my research in maths,” he said. While he has participated and won several mathematics competitions and olympiads, he stood first in Gujarat in 2013 in the international olympiad of mathematics.
Satvik has also been invited to Stanford University with a scholarship of 75 per cent funding for his higher education but he chose to complete his graduation from here only, his father said. A student of Kameshwar School in Anandnagar, he has also published some of his theories. Other than mathematics, he has interest in Sanskrit too.
He attained the title of Sanskrit Visharad at the age of 14 when he was in Class IX with distinction. “I love music too,” Satvik said.