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Gujarat: Among top scorers, sons of tailor, driver

Bhakti Shah followed the footsteps of her mother Parul Shah and sister Foram Shah when she became the third one in the family to top both her class XII exams (medical stream).

Written by TARANA EMMANUEL | Ahmedabad |
May 18, 2016 4:09:35 am
Memon Ammar , Vishwa Vora , Mohmmad Salim and Hardik Vakotar. Express Memon Ammar , Vishwa Vora , Mohmmad Salim and Hardik Vakotar. Express

Utkarsh Patel, who secured 99.96 percentile and 96 per cent in Class XII Science (non-medical) stream says that he has returned his mother’s sacrifice. “My mother quit her teaching job three years back when I joined Class X only because of my studies. She did not want my studies to be affected. Though she will resume her teaching job in another school in June next month, I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart,” he said.

On his 47th birthday, Vimal Vora received one of the best gifts ever when his daughter secured 99.37 percentile in her class XII science (non-medical) exams. Vishwa Vora, a student of Ahmedabad’s Navchetan School, scored 93 per cent.

She was joined by her grandparents, who were more excited than Vishwa herself, having travelled all the way from Bhuj to congratulate her for her results. “She had worked very hard and she was very sure that she would get great score. We are proud to stand by her side in this achievement of hers,” said Vishwa’s grandmother.


Vishwa said that she had started preparing for her exams right from the commencement of her class XI and spent four-five hours a day on self study, over and above learning at school and tuition. The 18-year-old aspires to pursue computer engineering and is aiming to get into Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communi-cation Technology, Gandhinagar.

“I used to take a break of only half an hour during the day and hardly spent any time on things like Facebook. “Taking breaks and refreshing the mind is necessary, but to stay focused is equally important for good results”, said Vishwa.

Bhakti Shah followed the footsteps of her mother Parul Shah and sister Foram Shah when she became the third one in the family to top both her class XII exams (medical stream).

“I had topped the exam in 1980. My elder daughter topped it in 2009 and now, my little one has made me proud. I am extremely glad,” said Dr Parul, Bhakti’s mother.

Daughter of Dr Pragnesh Shah, Bhakti scored 97 per cent and has achieved a percentile of 99.89. “I have always had a keen interest in human physiology and thus, I always studied with immense enthusiasm and dedication. One does not need to lose one’s mind with the fear of board exams. Just study sincerely when you do and that will definitely fetch you good results,” says Bhakti, who aspires to become a doctor.

A student of Kameshwari Vidya Mandir School, Memon Ammar Mohmmad Salim secured a percentage of 94.3 and a percentile of 99.13. Belonging to a family that has 21 doctors, Ammar aspires to be one too and has a good reason for the same. “Very few in our community become doctors. Most of my family members are doctors and have been serving the society for years. I wish to do the same,” said Ammar. Ammar spent 8-to-10 hours studying during his exams. When asked about whether NEET should be taken, he said, “The students should be informed at least two years prior if they plan to take the exam. This time, we weren’t informed so I really hope GUJCET is considered.”

Hardik Vakotar, whose father is a tailor by profession, made his family proud when he achieved a percentile of 95.33. Hardik’s father Hasmukh has a monthly income of only Rs 15,000 that restrained his family of five members, but that did not stop Hardik from achieving his goals. Hardik received fee exemption from his school and tuition under economically weaker section category. “One who works hard does get the fruits he deserves no matter what the situation or circumstance is. It is a dream come true to see my son achieve such good marks in 12th standard,” said Hasmukhbhai.

Hardik not only spent his days studying for long hours, but also helped his father regularly for a few hours in stitching work. “I want to help and support my father to get out of the financial crisis our family is in. I am happy that these good marks will help me to do,”said Hardik, who now wishes to pursue engineering at the IIT.

Rabari Dixit, son of a driver, secured 95.22 percentage in the medical stream. Dedicated to his studies, he spent 16 to 18 hours a day studying and avoided watching television even when his entire family did. “My brother would keep informing me about the cricket scores to keep my mind refreshed. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the support from my family members,” said Dixit. He now aims to pursue MBBS and become a doctor.


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