assam hslc result topper: Amid Covid crisis class X Assam boards topper wants to boost healthcare

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GUWAHATI: For class X Assam boards topper Dhritiraj Bastav Kalita, a dream to become state topper was implanted about three years ago when the world seemed to be moving ahead fast. Now, when the COVID crisis has pushed everything to the brink of uncertainty, Dhritiraj aspires to be a doctor in the future – a profession that he wants to choose to give a healing touch to the society that has been ravaged by the Covid-19 crisis.

Challenges have made this youngster from a remote village near Sipajhar area in lower Assam’s Darrang district even more determined to serve humanity. After the anti- Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) movement kept the state on the boil for weeks, hampering the study environment, it was feared that the pandemic would spoil the dreams of the board examinees like Dhritiraj. However, time has favoured the young minds, who have shone in the class X state board exams, results of which were declared on Saturday morning.

“The agitations (anti-CAA) could not harm my studies. But, the studies were affected due to the concerns triggered by the coronavirus crisis. But somehow our examination ended before time (announcement of the lockdown). Now, I would pursue the Science stream and join the medical profession to serve the people in need. I was chasing a dream since class VII which has been fulfilled today,” said Dhritiraj, who topped the rank-holders tally with an aggregate percentage of 99.1 (595 out of 600 marks). Out of the six subjects in which he appeared, Dhritiraj scored perfect 100 in General Mathematics, General Science, and Advanced Mathematics.

When media persons and guests arrived in his home soon after the declaration of the results, Dhritiraj’s appearance indicated his health consciousness to stop the spread of the virus. Apart from maintaining social distancing, he was wearing hand gloves and mask since morning as he was felicitated with the phoolam gamucha (traditional Assamese scarf) by a host of well-wishers. Besides being a serious student, Dhritiraj enjoys singing. Assam’s heartthrob Zubeen Garg’s songs are among his favourites.

Without any home tutorial, he studied every subject each day and kept himself away from any distraction that could have been caused by the use of social media. “Mainly I took the help of the internet to get access to study materials. But never spared any time in social media. I never looked at the clock while studying, but was well aware of the course contents that were required to be covered in a day,” Dhritiraj added.

Even though many of the class X toppers in the past had a dream to enroll themselves in the best educational institutions in the state capital Guwahati, Dhritiraj may continue his class XI and XII study in the home district. “I will take some time before deciding where to study next,” said the topper, who felt that studying in a vernacular medium school has helped him to understand the subjects better.

Son of a teacher, who hails from a middle-class family, Dhritiraj studied in a private school Barampur Jatiya Vidyalaya, though he appeared for the boards from Padum Pukhuri High School- a government-aided school in Darrang district.



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