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President pat for steel city girl

- Tanushri Tripathi feted under National Child Award

Jamshedpur, Nov. 17: “Congratulations, keep it up”.

These are the four words that will remain etched in the mind of little Tanushri Tripathi for the rest of her life.

Telco-based Little Flower School’s Tanushri last Wednesday picked up a silver medal under the National Child Award for “exceptional achievement” from none other than the first citizen of the country President Pranab Mukherjee. She walked home with a cash prize of Rs 10,000, a certificate, a silver medal, a goodies bag and pat on the back from Mukherjee.

Back in the city after her tryst with the corridors of power, the young achiever told The Telegraph that she had only one word to describe her experience: outstanding.

“The voice of the President is still etched in my memory. The way he congratulated me. I was so nervous that all I could utter was a feeble thank you,” she said.

Tanushri, daughter of Mahesh Tripathi (a Telcon executive) and Kavita Tripathi, was among 28 silver medalists who picked up their awards from the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Children’s Day.

Harsh Bandhey of Delhi Public School, Durg, was the only student who bagged the gold medal.

The 11-year-old, the only student from Jharkhand to have been selected for the award this year, has a long list of achievements against her name. Besides being a consistent topper since Class VI, she has ranked fifth in the Unified Cyber Olympiad in 2011. She had also been declared the first runner-up in a global collage competition, titled Kaleidoscope 2011 for Tata Young Expression and is the only girl from Jharkhand to reach the finals of a Google-Doodle competition in 2009, where she finished among the top 10.

Perhaps it was these achievements that helped her get noticed by the Union ministry of women and child development for the National Child Awards, for which Tanushri applied in July this year.

The girl, who aspires to be a software engineer someday, however, gave part of the credit of her achievement to her brother Swapnil Lohani, who she said pushed her to download a form and apply for the award .

“It was after his advice that I spoke to my parents and downloaded the form from the ministry’s website. I then submitted it along with scanned copies of my achievements and a letter of recommendation from Telcon in July this year,” Tanushri said.

She was, after a verification process, declared a winner on November 1.

The ambitious achiever, however, said she was not going to rest and would continue striving for more glory.

“I have won many inter-school events, but now I want to prove my dexterity in the fields of singing and photography,” Tanushri, who also holds the distinction of winning the EAA-Macmillan Gold of the University of New South Wales, Australia in English and computer science (2011), said.


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