Unexpectedly, Kajal, daughter of a marginalized farmer, Ravat Nehra, from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s home village, Nindana in Rohtak, passed the Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) class 12 exams ) by obtaining 498 points out of 500.
Kajal, a humanities (arts) student, said she wanted to join the Indian army and serve the nation. “My father used to lease land for farming to support our family. My mother is a housewife. I focused on self-study and never took coaching. I will do my utmost to join the Indian Army,” the topper added.
Mahender Sharma, headmaster of KCM Upper Government Secondary School in Nindana, said Kajal had been good in studies since childhood and ranked second in the state in class 10 exams.
Humble backgrounds no hurdle for Haryana top hats
Muskan from SD Girls School in Jind’s Narwana and Sakshi from Pehowa in Kurukshetra tied for second with 496 points each, while Shruti from Hisar and Poonam from Palwal took third place with 495 points.
All of these toppers come from modest backgrounds. Muskan, Sakshi and Poonam aspire to become chartered accountants.
Muskan said his father Ramesh Kumar Singla is a trader and his mother Mamta is a housewife. “I dreamed of being the best in the jury exam, but I missed the golden opportunity by two points. I studied for 12-14 hours to achieve this feat,” she added.
Sakshi’s father, Ram Singh, runs a flour mill in Pehowa, while Shruti’s father is a farmer.
With 496 points out of 500, Sakshi tops the business stream and scored a perfect 100 in English and Accounting. “I never took any classes, but from day one I focused on self-study as I reviewed everything my teachers were teaching in class,” she added. Congratulating Sakshi on her achievement, her teacher Rajni Kaushik said she was a brilliant student.
Shruti, who also relied on self-study to pass the board exam, said he wants to become an IAS officer. The same goes for Kriti Dindyal, a farmer’s daughter from Karnal, who got third place in the humanities stream. A student at Maharishi Ved Vyas Secondary School in Bastli, she spent about eight hours studying every day.
Unable to finance the further studies of his daughter: the father of the third topper
Mukesh Kumar, father of third topper Poonam, a resident of Palwal, said he studied up to class 10 and his wife is a housewife.
“My daughter Poonam guides and motivates herself. She aspires to become a CA, but I don’t have enough money to finance her studies. I used to cultivate three acres of land and that is not enough to run the household. The state government should provide financial assistance to my daughter so that she can fulfill her dream,” Kumar said.
Khattar congratulates the students
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar extended his sincere congratulations and best wishes to all the students who passed the class 12 exam.
“The girls reached the first three places. This is a great example of empowering women. Various government run programs for girls have boosted their confidence and they are progressing in all areas,” he added.