Achiever

Girl from remote village in Bundelkhand scores 100 pc in Class XII

Noida, August 1

At a remote village in the backward Bundelkhand region, Rati Bai and her husband Laxmi Prasad are happy that their youngest daughter has cleared her Class XII exam but have little idea about her extraordinary feat.

Ansuiya, who hails from Badera village in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh, has scored 599 out of 600 marks in her Class XII exam (99.8 per cent), with a best of five score being a perfect 100 per cent, according to her CBSE result.

The 18-year-old humanities student scored 99 marks in Political Science and a perfect 100 in English, History, Geography, Painting and Hindi (additional elective subject), her result showed.

"My parents are happy but they do not realise how valuable this achievement of mine is. Parents in cities value it," Ansuiya, the first person from her family to have cleared Class XII, told PTI over the phone.

"Some of the people in the village and nearby areas have also heard about my result. They are all happy but yet to comprehend the value of my result. But that is how it is," she added, with a tinge of gloom in her voice.

She said her father is a part-time farmer and a part-time labourer while mother is a home-maker. She has three elder brothers, one younger brother and two elder sisters.

"The elder brothers studied till Class VIII after which they dropped out to support the family financially and started working as labourers. My sisters have not been to school. Only the younger brother is into studies and took his Class XII exam this year," Ansuiya said.

The younger brother is 17-year-old studied at a local state board-affiliated school in Mahoba, said the girl, who had been enrolled in VidyaGyan, a residential-boarding school in Bulandshahr district in western Uttar Pradesh.

Talking about her exam result, Ansuiya, who had scored 98.2 per cent in Class X, said, "I was nervous before the results were announced but I am excited since then. I was hoping to improve on my Class X score but had not expected 599 out of 600." Besides studies, she said she was part of the school Basketball team and a music band and enjoyed painting too.

She credited her boarding school, teachers and friends for the extraordinary success. "If I had not got this platform (VidyaGyan school), life certainly would have been different." She also expressed gratitude towards her Mahoba primary school teacher Mohan Lal, who had helped her apply in 2006 for the free of cost boarding school, an initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

"My family was supportive at the time about my getting into a boarding school as I was the only child in the family who had shown some inclination towards education," she said.

Elated with her exam result, the girl said she now plans to go for graduation from the Delhi University and eventually get into the prestigious Indian Administrative Services (IAS).

"I got an idea during school about how an IAS officer can work for development of places like my village, which are remote and far-flung. This way, one can work at the ground-level to improve society. I will prepare for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to get into the IAS," Ansuiya said. PTI

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