Small town students shine bright in HS

GUWAHATI: It was a day of thumbs up for small town students in the higher secondary exams conducted under the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC), the results of which were declared on Monday. Guwahati students were completely overshadowed in arts and science. However, in commerce, students from the capital scored high.

Also, girls outshone boys in all three streams science, commerce and arts.

Dhemaji district, which often has to face the onslaught of floods and other natural calamities, overcame all odds to be at the top with 90.80 per cent in arts, 98.56 per cent in commerce and 92.48 per cent in science.

Kamrup, the hub of educational institutes, recorded 75.27, 79.95 and 86.03 per cent respectively in arts, commerce and science. The overall pass percentage of arts was 73.14 and commerce 79.81 while science recorded 87.32, which was a slightly better show than last year's. Colleges in Bajali, Nalbari and Dibrugarh among other small towns were way ahead of city colleges. In arts, out of 1,86,688 students 1,36,548 cleared the exam and in science out of 17,535 students 15,312 passed. In commerce, 13,389 students cleared out of a total of 16,776 who appeared.

Kashmiri Das of Cotton College was a topper in arts with 446, while Sabbah Qamri of Sorbhog, an institutional private candidate, came a close second with 445. Urvashi Chetia of Krishna Guru Mahavidyala of Sarthebari took the third position with 444.

Karabi Medhi, Mokhjumi Ahmed, Daisy Barman, Chiranjit Das and Rituparna Kalita of Anundoram Borooah Academy of Bajali were placed in the fourth, eighth and 10th positions respectively.

In science, the top scorer was Shekhar Kumar Yadav of Salt Brook Academy, Dibrugarh, with 460 marks. Cotton College had to be happy with a second with 458 marks scored by Bishal Saha. The top 10 list featured Kunja Kanan Nath, Anurag Saha and Anubrata Saikia of Salt Brook Academy as also Kakali Priyam Goswami and Lily Singha from Cotton College.

I K Bhattacharya, principal, Cotton College, said, "Often a single mark makes all the difference. So we are not worried about many students from our college not being able to make it to the top 10."

Guwahati, however, beat all districts and towns in the commerce stream. Gauhati Commerce College (GCC) emerged the topper with nine of its students making it to the top 10. Shalaka Jain of GCC was the topper with 439 marks while Nikita More of K C Das Commerce College came second with 438.

Other GCC students who topped were Sankeet Agarwal, Ankit K Agarwal, Nidhi Sipani, Puja Agarwal, Ankit Jain, Sonam Jain, Tanbir Ahmed Ansari and Richika Agarwal. Anundoram Borooah Academy of Bajali performed exceptionally well with five of its students in the top 10 in arts. Other colleges which did very well were Salt Brook Academy of Dibrugarh, Jajnyabhumi Adarsha Jatiya Academy of Nalbari, Sipajhar College, CKB College of Teok, Kamrup College and Bikali College of Goalpara. In the vocational Part II results, 80.17 per cent candidates have passed out of which boys comprise 80.66 per cent and girls 78.97 per cent.