Sons of farmers clinch top positions
Bunty with his family members in Kasganj on Sunday after the results were declared. (Source: Express photo)
A day before his Class X UP Board maths exam in February, Bunty Verma of Kasganj district was in the market, selling peas. “It was the leftover stock from last year, when we had harvested the crop in October-November,” says Bunty, who helps his father and mother in farming on their three bigha land.
In the results declared Sunday, Bunty of SSPDSVM Inter College trounced 34,98,428 students to bag the second spot with 96.6 per cent marks — second only to Sarvesh Verma of GSAS Academy, Haraiyya in Basti. Sarvesh, son of a farmer, scored one mark more than Bunty.
For Bunty and his family, the feat is even more special, perhaps, as his achievement comes in the face of several odds. His father is a farmer, who just two months ago was employed as a gatekeeper by a Delhi firm.
Bunty credits his teachers for his success. “Money was the only problem, but my teachers never let that come in my way,” Bunty told The Indian Express over phone. “He is bright and we came to know about his financial difficulties, so we waived off his school fee,” said school manager Kaushal Kishore.
At home, he would have to deal with worried parents, who would object to him returning late. “Sometimes the coaching class would go on a bit longer in evening and the parents would ask me where I was, so I had to convince them that I was studying all the time,” said Bunty, who has five elder sisters.
Bunty scored a perfect 100 in Maths and English, 90 in Hindi, 97 in Social Science and 96 in Science. “I would study six hours a day — two in morning and four in evening… My only advice to students would be to give your heart into it,” he said. His hobby? “I like studying only,” he said.
Bunty now dreams of getting admission into an IIT and become a mechanical engineer.
Sarvesh Verma, who stood first, said he would like to become an IAS officer.
Bunty came joint second with Hani of Archana Memorial Inter College, Etawah, who unlike, Bunty was “indeed hoping” to attain the top rank.”
She scored 100 in Maths, her favourite subject. “I never took any coaching, I studied six hours daily by myself,” said Hani, whose father is a manager at a tractor agency in Raipur. She now wants to get admission into an IIT. Anjali Patel of Young Stream Academy, Barabanki, rounded off the top three with 96.1 per cent.
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Source:: Indian Express