GUWAHATI, June 2 - Gauhati Commerce College (GCC) regained its glory as a premiere institution of commerce education in the State churning out a total of eight rank holders, besides capturing the top four positions, in the Higher Secondary Commerce Final Examination.
Rajneesh Bharadwaj did the college proud as the topper in the Commerce stream with 474 aggregate marks. Swati Jain with 473 marks was the second topper, followed by Sukriti Modi (464) and Deepjyoti Pantha Sarma (463) in the third and fourth positions respectively. GCC�s Deepmoni Patir came seventh with 460 marks, while Nishant Agarwal, Juhi Jain and Silpa Garodia jointly clinched the tenth position with 457 marks each.
At 98.42 pc, the college pass percentage was above the overall AHSEC pass per centage of 86.01. Two other toppers from Guwahati were Anjali Gupta (7th) and Garima Sarma (10th) from KC Das Commerce College.
Rajneesh wants to become an IAS officer and his choice institution for further study is the GCC. Son of excise inspector Akon Bhattacharyya and Junu Devi, Rajneesh was quick to adapt to the AHSEC pattern of questionnaire and evaluation, though he had completed his 10th standard from the Srimanta Shankar Academy on the CBSE syllabus. �I had difficulties in the first year though,� he said. Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, he likes reading Ruskin Bond and Satyajit Ray.
Keeping himself abreast of the social and political situations, he wants the government to take effective measures to control the drug menace in the State. �Youngsters ruining their health and future due to drugs addiction is very unfortunate. The new government has made many promises to the youngsters. Now it�s time to transform those into reality,� he added.
Always the first preference for commerce study in the State, the GCC was mired in some controversies in the recent past. It got only three ranks in 2014 and four in 2015. The results this time however, are heartening.
GCC Principal Dr Homeswar Kalita dedicated the success to the hard work of the students and the teachers. �We arranged special classes and regular doubt-clearing sessions. At GCC, the teachers work equally hard with the students, with full support from the college administration,� he said.
He however, also said that academic excellence can be achieved when an institution is given enough freedom, without any political interference.
Of the 444 GCC students appearing in the examination, 316 got first division, out of whom 132 got star marks.
An urge to make her parents proud was the driving force behind Swati Jain�s success. Now, the same spirit would guide her to pursue the next goal, which is, becoming an IAS officer. �I got immense support from my college, which took great care for clearing our concepts. The teachers were available for us all the time, even after the class hours,� she added.
Sukriti Modi wants to become a chartered accountant. �I lost my father at an early age, and pursued my education from my maternal uncle�s house. My sister is also a great support for me. I want the new government to take steps, which encourage students to follow their choice of education, without having to worry for financial limitations,� she said.
For Silpa Garodia, it is the financial and political situation of the country in the next five years, which would determine her goal. �I want to pursue BBA, and depending on the prevailing circumstances at the time of completing my studies, I would decide on my career,� she said.
Deepmoni Patir feels the individual attention to the meritorious students from the college was behind GCC�s success this time.
On the impact of social media, the students said self-control is the key to maintaining the balance. �I am active on Facebook, Instagram etc., and these have worked for me as a refreshing break, when used with restraint,� said Juhi Jain. For Nishant Agarwal however, an extra effort after the test examinations, helped in achieving the goal.