IIT-JEE Topper

I find at least three headlines in Google News with three states associating them with IIT-JEE 2008 topper. “IIT entrance topper’s real roots in state of (Jharkhand)”, ‘Mumbai boy tops IIT-JEE 2008‘, and ‘Bihar boy tops IIT exams’.

Shitikanth, who ranked first in the IIT entrance test, has also topped in the recently concluded National Science Olympiad. He was felicitated today at Delhi and also given a gold medal and Rs 51,000 in cash.

Shitikanth was given the Proud of Bihar award along with Rs 1,00,000 in cash by the chief minister of Bihar for topping in the IIT entrance test.

Rajasthan government would also soon felicitate him. Shitikanth did his Class XII and coaching for IIT entrance examination from Rajasthan.

Shitikanth would also represent India on the scheduled International Science Olympiad competition at Vietnam on July 17.

After studying in Carmel School, Bokaro, Shitikanth shifted to St Michael School, Patna. He finished his Plus Two from Singhania School, Kota, and also got coaching in Bansal Institute for the IIT entrance test.

“I want to become a scientist. There is a lot to do research on,” said Shitikanth.

How does it matter if Shitikanth is from even US or Mauritius? In India, this is a favourite pastime for the media as well as gossipmongers. It is good that someone has still not written about his caste. On the same line, while Bansal Institute has printed the topper’s photograph, I found his photograph also in ad of some other coaching institute too. Every one wants to cash on his glorious achievement. All these brilliant students belong to this great country INDIA. Media must stop identifying them with a particular state. Life will pose many examinations almost every day when starts a career. On this day, I feel like remembering late RP Dhingra, my friend of IIT-Kharagpur. He had a brilliant career topping School Final as well as Intermediate Science in his board. He did equally well in mechanical engineering coming second in position. But the destiny cut his life short and didn’t go to the height we expected him to go in professional life.

I am happy that the topper wishes to be a scientist. I wish he stuck to his idea. I feel it’s an adhoc answer. His first objective must be to get President Gold Medal off IIT too. In long run, only the time will say if he also joins IIM or appear for UPSC examination to be a bureaucrat convinced by peers or parent.

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