Pay close attention to these amazing and dedicated students who were being blossomed inside the chalk piece & black board schools of India. Reminds of my wins in quizzes, essay and sports competitions. And those glorious BE days. Seeing these fellow-citizens inspires me a lot.
Shreya Vardhan has been an outstanding student. She had a CGPA 10 in classes 9 and 10, 94.2% in class 11 and 95% in the class 12 mid-term examination. Head Girl of the school, she was the Founder Member of the Physics Society and Editor of the Physics Magazine. She was one of the 20 students selected by the Times Scholars program on 3rd November, 2012 to receive a merit scholarship of Rs 5 lakh.
Shreya secured 5th Olympiad rank in the International Olympiad of Science in Class IX.and 10th Olympiad rank in the International Olympiad of Englishin Class X. She received the G. Bhaskar Memorial (2011-12) Award for excellence in academics and extracurricular activities and the Ishwar Chandra Memorial Award for securing the highest marks in the section, in class 11.
In 2012 she broke every record known. She tasted the perfection. Here’s her scorecard.
She joined the Harvard University in Fall Session 2013, with 100% scholarship.
Besides being an avid reader, Shreya has written many short stories and articles and even has to her credit a book called “How Charming, Mr. Bombaywallah!”, on the adventures of an unadventurous investment banker and his exuberant mother, a detective novelist. Tennis and quizzing are her hobbies.
She has developed a software to help autistic and other differently abled children meet their learning requirements, which is being used by the Umeed Foundation, the Tamana Foundation NaiDisha School, The Tamana Autistic Centre- School of Hope, and Action for Autism, New Delhi.
This student is my hero. I want to meet him one day.
Ashwini Nene, the third year undergraduate engineering student from Mumbai, who achieved a milestone by scoring a bullseye, 340/340 is among a few students from all across the globe to have achieved a score of 100% in the GRE (2013).
” I studied for three hours a day for the first 2 to 3 months. In the last one month, I stretched my timings to 4 to 5 hours a day. I solved around 15 full length tests with good analysis. I guess, that was the key to the full score.”
Her complete story here.
Standing on the shoulders of giants
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. – Isaac Newton
I’m talking about those dedicated teachers who selflessly light the candle of knowledge in young minds. I’m blessed to be shaped by giants in my life — my impeccable teachers. Especially those PU lecturers. The four pillars of Mandya’s raw education still are Doddachar (Physics), Chetan Krishna (Maths), Nagesh (Chemistry), and Nagendra (Biology); and I use the word raw because it was never about marks. It was about pride and passion about the subject. We were inspired to live to study and take the subject throughout our lives. That’s why we fellas from Abhinava Bharathi PU College have an enigmatic smile all the time on our faces, even to-day. We were taught by men of authenticity, sincerity and maniac workaholics.
There’s one more unsung hero of our time named Anand Kumar, a super power churning out generation after generation of esteem pupils, often from very humble beginnings.