Bhavana N. Sivadas and her parents were in disbelief for quite a while when the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced its Class 10 results on Monday.
Little did they expect that Bhavana would do Kerala proud by securing 499 marks out of 500 in the CBSE examinations.
A student of Palghat Lions School, Koppam, Bhavana is the only student from Kerala to rank among the 13 national toppers who secured 499 marks. “Although I expected good marks, little did I anticipate this national rank,” Bhavana told The Hindu.
Her father Naveen Sivadas, a paediatrician in Palakkad town, was excited on hearing the news. “I too couldn’t believe the rank, though she was good at studies,” Dr. Naveen said.
Bhavana said that she did not do any sleepless preparation for the exams. Instead, she spared a fixed number of hours for studies and stuck to schedules.
Bhavana said she was keen to pursue her senior secondary education at Palghat Lions School with the intention of taking up a career in engineering. “My parents, teachers, family and friends made it easy for me. I owe them a lot,” she said.
Studying on an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) campus remains a dream for her. “If I get a chance, I shall choose IIT for graduation,” she said.
Sandhya R.G., her class teacher and mathematics guide, said they expected a top place for Bhavana. “She has been consistently hard working. We had high hopes,” said Ms. Sandhya.
Palghat Lions School had been in the limelight last year when A. Vijay Ganesh became the CBSE Class 12 national topper in the differently abled category.
Fighting the odds
Special correspondent adds from Thrissur: It was a remarkable achievement for Delvin Prince, of Devamatha CMI Public School, Thrissur, who cornernered glory fighting against the odds.
Delvin, who scored 493 marks in the CBSE 10 examination, topped in the country in the category of children with special needs.
Son of Prince and Pushpa of Thrissur, who are into medical distribution, Delvin is also a good painter.
In spite of his hearing impairment, he is a bright and studious student, Father Sinto Nagini, Vice Principal of Devamatha CMI Public School, noted.