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Ramesh Majhi clears Plus Two
Ramesh Majhi

Bhubaneswar, May 30: Information technology minister Ramesh Majhi has successfully cleared his Plus Two examinations, the results of which were announced today.

The 33-year-old minister secured first division with 376 out of 600 marks in the arts stream. In individual subjects, he scored 85 in Oriya (MIL), 53 in political science, 62 each in economics and history, 71 in Oriya and 43 in English. While one would have normally expected him to be overjoyed about the results and celebrating, for him it was like any other day. Majhi was getting ready to leave for the secretariat.

“I am happy that my hard work has paid off,” Majhi said. “I checked the results myself. There was no nervousness, no anxiety. I was confident I had done well enough to secure first division marks,” he said. He had appeared for the exam at Panabeda College in Nabarangpur, his home district.

His last attempt at the Plus Two exam was in 1995, when he tried the science stream from Biju Patnaik College here without success. This time, however, he chose the arts stream since it would not have been possible for him to appear for the practicals.

Majhi said his father (late minister Jadav Majhi), a postgraduate himself, had dreamt of seeing him as a doctor.

“But, after that unsuccessful attempt, I was confused about a career choice. Although I was not keen on joining politics, circumstances (his father’s death in 1999) forced me into it,” he said.

Majhi said his not-so-impressive academic record had never been a hindrance to the discharge of his official duties as IT minister and he did not sit for the examination to prove a point to anyone.

“I thought of taking the test not because I was provoked to prove my mettle. It was only because I had realised the importance of education and wanted a higher degree for myself. This result has given me confidence to go for a graduation degree now,” he said.

“If one is determined to be educated, no force on earth can stop him. Education holds the key to empowerment and gives you a sense of confidence,” Majhi said.

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