JAMSHEDPUR: The daughter of a tailor and a domestic helper has topped the arts stream of the Jharkhand Academic Council Class XII (intermediate) board exams, the results of which were announced on Friday evening.
A student of Jamshedpur Women’s College (JWC), Nandita secured 419 out of 500 marks. “I was expecting a good result but I never imagined I would be the state topper,” she told TOI.
Rajesh Haripal and Rashmi had wanted their 16-year-old daughter, the eldest of their three children, to discontinue studies after her matriculation as they could not afford to pay her school fees. But they gave in to Nandita’s desire to pursue higher education when she started taking private tuitions for kindergarten and primary students to pay for her school expenses.
Studying hard, and without private tuitions, Nandita scored 90 in Hindi, 88 in geography, 85 in history, 82 in English and 74 in political science.
“I paid my fees with the money I made from these tuition classes. I have no other interest but studies and I will continue my education no matter what,” Nandita, who studied at DBMS Kadma High School till Class X, said, adding that she aims to become an IAS officer after completing her graduation in mass communication.
JWC principal Shukla Mahanty visited Nandita’s home on Saturday and rewarded her with some money, a silver coin and a wristwatch. Mahanty said, “Her resolve to not let the hardships at home come in the way of her studies is incredible. The entire college is proud of her.” Nandita added that the college has promised not to charge anything, not even hostel fees, from her for her graduation in mass communication.
Nandita added, “I am fortunate that my parents gave me the freedom to pursue higher studies and grateful to my college for supporting me,” Nandita added.
East Singhbhum DC Suraj Kumar, himself a state topper in 2004, called her on Friday night and congratulated her, urging her to continue with her education and work hard.