GUWAHATI, May 31 - Sarfazar Hussain of Betkuchi High School centre, who secured the top rank in the HSLC examination 2016, aspires to be an engineer.
With interest in reading and watching cricket, Sachin Tendulkar being his idol, Sarfaraz believes that with dedication and hard work a person can fructify his ambitions.
The results not only brought Sarfaraz to the limelight but also put the Sankardev Sishu Niketan, Betkuchi, on the map of the State. This is the first time a student from the school has secured a rank in the merit list of first 20 positions, said Akshay Kalita, principal of Sankardev Sishu Niketan, Betkuchi.
The students of the school had sat for the exams at the Betkuchi High School.
�Now I want to take admission in the Science Stream in Cotton College. After completing my higher secondary, I aim to study engineering,� said Sarfaraz.
He secured a total of 590 marks with letter marks in all subjects. �I was expecting to be among the top 10 but not the top position,� said Sarfazar, who stays at Jyotikuchi with his parents and elder sister.
He studied 5-6 hours daily during the start of the academic year and later 9-10 hours every day as the exams came nearer.
�I do not want to go out of Assam. Rather I would prefer to stay in the State,� said Sarfaraz, adding that he never felt disadvantaged being a student in Assamese medium.
Sarfaraz has so far stayed away from social media like Facebook and WhatsApp. �This is the time to focus on studies, not on social media,� said the youngster, who does not have a mobile phone of his own.
For his father Ajmal Hussain, who works in a hotel in the city, said, �I am very happy. Yes, I did expect him to be among the toppers,� adding that he would prefer his son to stay in the State after completing his studies.
Meanwhile, Principal Kalita described Sarfaraz�s success as �the best achievement� of his own life, adding, �It is my own success. I feel like I have got the best gift of my life.�
The school, which is located in an area prone to waterlogging during the rainy season and with the approach road in a very poor state, has shown good results.
Of the 34 regular students, who sat for the HSLC exams this time, eight got star marks and 14 other secured first division.