GUWAHATI, June 2 - It was jubilation time today at the historic Cotton College with six of its students securing positions amongst the top-10 in the HS Science stream.
This is a marked improvement in the performance of the premier college which could just secure two positions each in Science and Arts last year. However, none of its candidates could secure a rank amongst the top-10 in the Arts stream.
While Bhargob Kakoty clinched the fourth position, Anirban Dey got the sixth, Abhigyan Goswami and Subhasish Kar eighth and Antareep Kumar Sarma and Neeraj Das secured the 10th position.
These students were extended a warm felicitation at the college. Principal Nirada Devi who felicitated them called upon them to pursue their career with dedication and contribute towards society. She also urged them to inculcate the spirit of competitiveness and pointed out that the road ahead would not be smooth.
�As you grow older you will realise that the road is full of obstacles. At such situations in life, you will need to maintain your patience, self-belief and hard work,� she said.
Some of these students who have come out with flying colours do not want to pursue the conventional career. Bhargob would like to be a teacher and disseminate knowledge to the world. �I�m grateful to my parents, college, teachers and friends for the wonderful support they have given me. In the future, I would like to contribute towards the betterment of the society,� said Bhargob, adding that the ideals of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam motivate him. In HSLC exam also, he had secured the fourth position.
A cricket enthusiast, Antareep is sure about what he wants from life. �Whatever knowledge I gain, I want to spread it among the people. So I�ve decided to build my career in the teaching profession,� he said.
Antareep had secured the sixth position in the HSLC and is happy that he could clinch a position in the HS exam through 10 to 12 hours of regular study. On the other hand, Abhigyan, who is also a die-hard fan of Kalam, will build his career in research-based activities. He wishes to do something meaningful for society.
Anirban feels that faith in one�s abilities is very important to be successful in life. �I studied regularly and all that I can say is that there is no alternative to hard work,� he said.
Neeraj and Subhasish also agreed that one has to work hard to be successful. Both want to be engineers and believe that support of elders act as a motivating factor in life.
The pass percentage of Cotton College in the Science stream is 100 while the pass percentage in Arts is 98.75.
Meanwhile, the only rank holder from the city in the Arts stream, Gautami Bezbaruah of Assam Jatiya Bidyalay, said her aim in life is to be a teacher. Gautami, who studied for 9 to 10 hours daily, is an avid reader, loves music and enjoys travelling. Parental support and academic ambience in her school played an important role in her success. She secured the 10th position.