Pro­pelled by the de­sire to suc­ceed

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CHANDI­GARH: Ar­shdeep Kaur of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Se­nior Sec­ondary School, Sec­tor 35B, here has scored 94.2% marks in the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Class-12 ex­am­i­na­tion in non-med­i­cal stream, but what makes her dif­fer­ent from other top­pers is her strug­gle to ac­com­plish what she did to­day.

Her fa­ther, Ja­graj Singh, is a se­wadar in a Gur­d­wara at Sec­tor 44, here with monthly in­come of Rs7,000. How­ever, Singh was de­ter­mined to ed­u­cate his chil­dren. "Ar­shdeep is a bril­liant stu­dent although she be­longs to a very poor fam­ily. I used to teach her English and al­ways saw the spark in her. Her suc­cess will en­cour­age many such stu­dents, who de­sire to get good marks and be­long to poor fam­ily. In the en­tire school I could see an aura in her," said Tarsem Kaur Bains, prin­ci­pal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh school.

Talk­ing to HT Ar­shdeep said, "I al­ways wanted to study and make my par­ents proud. Presently, I aim at be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful math teacher, but I also want to clear the Civil Ser­vices exam and make my par­ents proud." Her brother and mother are equally ec­static

and are proud of her suc­cess. FROM HU­MIL­ITY TO PATH TO GLORY

A stu­dent of com­merce at GMSSS-MHC, Ri­tika Kumar scored 90.2% in the Class-12 board ex­am­i­na­tions with the help of coach­ing in ac­counts and maths.

Ri­tika, daugh­ter of a small­time shop owner in Man­i­ma­jra, is pre­par­ing for CA CPT en­trance exam, which is sched­uled to be held on June 17, but with­out any tuition. She lives with her par­ents, two sib­lings, un­cle and grand­par­ents in a small house in Man­i­ma­jra.

The house­hold man­ages with a pal­try monthly in­come of Rs 6,000 per month.

Her study sched­ule bears her de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed. She stud­ies early in the morn­ing and takes breaks to keep her­self fresh through­out the day.

She also cut her­self off from tele­vi­sion, mo­bile and other dis­trac­tions, so that she could con­cen­trate on her boards.

Mod­estly, she cred­its her school and teach­ers for the re­sult and says that the tu­itions were a great sup­port sys­tem.

KE­SHAV SINGH/ HT

Ar­shdeep Kaur, who scored 94.2% in non-med­i­cal, with her fam­ily in Chandi­garh on Tues­day.

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