GUWAHATI, May 20 – While HSLC and Higher Secondary toppers generally are presumed to aim for medical or engineering courses, Rishabh Sarma of Cotton College is an exception.
Rishabh, who secured first rank in this year’s HS Science Final Examination, is keen on devoting himself to high-level research work in the field of pure Mathematics. He is among the five Science stream rank-holders from Cotton College. And unlike many others, Rishabh has no plans to leave the State for any outside destination for completing his graduation.
“I will complete my graduation from Assam and then think of going out for higher studies,” said Rishabh who secured an aggregate 475 marks in the examination. The only son of Customs Department official Tilok Upadhyay and homemaker Labanya Devi, Rishabh had secured the 12th rank in his HSLC exams from Little Star School, Bishwanath Chariali, two years back.
He attributed his success to hard work and guidance and help from his parents as well as his college teachers. Asked about his study schedule, he said during the run-up to the examination he studied around eight to nine hours, on an average, every day.
For Rishabh, his meeting with former Indian President and renowned scientist APJ Abdul Kalam at a science-related national event in Mumbai in 2009 was the turning point. This meeting brought about a whole new perspective to his life. Kalam was the chief jury in this event for the projects presented by the students. Kalam encouraged Rishabh to pursue pure science.
Another Cotton College student, Ankita Gogoi, who came joint first in the Arts stream, plans to pursue
her BA with Major in Economics at Delhi University. “I want to go into the academic line or into the civil services,” she said.
Ankita, the only daughter of Abani and Juli Gogoi, credited her parents and faculty members for her success. The young girl has very clear ideas about the role of media in society and believes that to change the system “one has to be part of it.”
Ankita, who studied one or two hours during college days and four to five hours during the run-up to the examination is fond of reading, watching TV and is also active in the Facebook, said her mother. She had secured 6th position in the HSLC examination from the city’s Holy Child School.
Anushka Jain (Maloo) of Gauhati Commerce College in Commerce stream topped the merit list with 457 marks along with Arihant Maloo of Srimanta Shankar Academy, Guwahati, told The Assam Tribune, that consistency is the key to her success. “Throughout the year and even before, I was consistent in my studies which helped me in the examinations. Along with the support and guidance of my parents and teachers, the atmosphere of our institution and guidance of our Principal helped us a lot,” she said.
A resident of Panbazar here, Anushka is the daughter of Sanjana and Pawan Kumar Jain (Maloo). She is pursuing a course in Chartered Accountancy and wants to join Indian Administrative Services in the future.
“Study should not be based on specific hours, rather, we should study smart and also find out time for extracurricular activities,” she added.
Satisfied with the performance of his students, Dr Ghanashyam Nath, principal of the college, shared the credit with the teaching staff and the parents of the students.