Updated: July 14, 2016 6:04:30 pm
On May 5, when Komal Tapasvi (18), a student of Fergusson College, stepped out of the examination hall after writing her Maharashtra state common entrance test (MHCET), her first question to her mother was, “What is the status of the petition?”
Tapasvi was one of the students to petition the Supreme Court after the apex court scrapped MHCET and made NEET mandatory for medical admissions. Given the anxiety of the last few weeks, it is no mean feat for Komal that she scored an impressive 196, probably the second highest score by a city student.
“I owe everything to my teachers and parents. My mum in particular was amazing and there were times when she went as far as to memorise certain concepts just so she could teach them to me later,” Komal said, adding that her recently adopted pet—a Siberian Husky dog—was her company and even motivation to study.
Asked if the MHCET vs NEET issue affected her preparation, she says most students would have done far better without the added burden and uncertainty. “It was a very stressful time for all of us and it definitely did affect how we studied,” said Komal, who wishes to specialise in oncology and hopes to get into Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai or BJ Medical College.
Like Komal, Sai Shahane, another top scorer with 195 in PCB in MHT-CET, contributes her success story to her mother as well. A banker by profession, Sai’s mother Madhura Shahane quit her job a year back to help her daughter in her studies. “I wanted to be a part of her journey and I am proud that her hard work has paid off,” says Madhura.
Sai studied for at least four hours straight apart from college and tuitions. She woke up at 5.30 am everyday, and said that reading textbooks from the beginning of the year helped her develop a firm base. Sai likes playing the sitar, though she stopped practicing it by January to focus on studies. She would be rejoining classes now that MHT-CET results are out.
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