Tura, May 19: It was pure passion for learning Bengali that led to young Subhendu Karmakar to change his school in Class VII.
He was then admitted to Tura Town Higher Secondary School, where his father Indu Bhusan Karmakar teaches economics and geography.
Now, Subhendu has earned laurels for his school and made his parents proud by securing the second position in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination 2014 (Class X) results declared today by the Meghalaya Board of Secondary School Education, Tura.
“There is no short cut to success, dedication and hard work is the key. My mother and tutor helped me to master mathematics,” said 15-year-old Subhendu.
He obtained 98 marks in mathematics.
His father said, “We were confident that he would secure a good position. I feel very happy and comfortable with the outcome.”
An ardent sports lover, Subhendu plays cricket and football. He spent six to seven hours studying daily with the objective of securing good marks and has got distinction in all subjects with 567 out of 600 marks, 100 in health education and 90 in Bengali.
“He was keen to learn Bengali, so we changed his school from Embee Rosebud to this one. As a teacher of Tura Town School, I got him admitted here so that he could take up the language. He put in extra efforts to learn Bengali and Rabindrasangeet,” said Subhendu’s father, who is also the assistant headmaster of the school.
Subhendu, who aspires be an astrophysicist, said, “I have always been motivated by Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. I love watching Discovery Science channel. It gives me knowledge about physical properties of celestial bodies.”
Dristhi De of Sherwood School, Tura, who secured the fifth position by obtaining 562 marks with distinction in all subjects, was overwhelmed by her performance. She has obtained 100 marks in health education and 90 in Hindi.
Dristhi loves reading books on religion and draws inspiration from her parents — Jayatosh De and Joymoti De.
Her father heads the department of chemistry at Don Bosco College, Tura, and her mother is a senior sub-divisional engineer, BSNL.
“I have acquired a lot of information on different religions, their history, origin and culture,” said Dristhi. She loves to watch TV serials like Mahadev and Laxmi Bai. She aspires to be a scientist and will take up research after completing her engineering. For now, she will continue her higher secondary studies at a college in Tura.
Her great grandfather, Amarendra Dutta Choudhury, was a student of Albert Einstein at Boston University.
She said regular studies were the key to crack any examination. “I was never forced by my parents to study. They have always been like my good friends, guiding me in my studies,” she added.
Six students from Sherwood School, Tura, have secured positions in the top 20 category, including Dristhi and Jeremy M. Sangma. They are Shreya Bhattacharjya (sixth), Aditya Kumar (10th), Saahil Gajmer (18th) and Arnav Saha in 20th position.
Jeremy is a very confident young boy who loves music, reading newspapers and watching news on TV. He says, “I keep myself updated with news from around the globe.”
He has secured the 17th position with 546 marks, and distinction in all subjects.
“I feel Narendra Modi will do something for the country. The verdict is for a change,” said the 16-year-old.
“I was an average student till Class IX. My teachers constantly instilled in me the confidence to look forward. I drew inspiration from school toppers and prepared accordingly. My parents have been a constant motivation,” said Jeremy.
Allegra T. Sangma of St Xavier’s School, Tura, secured the 19th position with 544 marks and distinction in five subjects.
The total pass percentage of Meghalaya is 54.31 per cent, of which the five districts of Garo hills managed to obtain a pass percentage of only 30.87.