SUCCESS STORIES

After outshining boys in the merit list of recently announced class 10th
results, girls have yet again excelled by topping in the recently declared class 12th annual board results. Out of the thirty students who shared first three positions in all the four streams (Science, Arts, Commerce and Home Science), girls outnumbered boys by bagging 25 positions. Position holders of the recently declared class 12th results share the secrets of their success and their future plans.
Aaqib Ashraf


‘Study with dedication’
Amara Wani
Topper, Science stream
Amara Wani from Firdousabad, Batamaloo has topped in the science stream in the recently declared class 12th results. She believes that hard work and dedication is the key to success.
 Amara says she was in a tuition centre preparing for CET when she heard that she has secured first position. “I was in the tuition center that time, preparing for CET entrance, when I got a call from my parents about the result. I quickly rushed home and I found that I had topped the exams by getting 490 marks,” says Amara Wani. “I couldn’t believe that I have topped the merit list, I was overjoyed and my whole family was ecstatic,” she says.
Making her parents proud, Amara has decided that she wants to become a successful cardiologist and serve her homeland. “After topping the board exams, now I wanted to concentrate on cracking CET and become a
renowned doctor,” she says. “I want to serve my homeland and show the world that we (Kashmiris) have got tremendous potential and we can conquer every field.”
Elder daughter of of Muzaffar ul Islam, who works as legal incharge in Geology and mining department and Shamima Akhter, a house maker, Amara attributes her success to Allah, then to her parents and the hard work she put in. Known in her family for praying five times regularly and least talkative of the siblings, Amara says that she got tremendous support from her whole family which motivated her to achieve this feat.
Amara’s father wants to fulfill his dream through his daughters. “My daughters are my dream, I always wanted to achieve success in academics but couldn’t, but now I have instilled that vigor in my daughters and Amara’s success is the first fruit,” says Muzaffar ul Islam. Muzaffar says her daughter has made the whole family proud. “This is the proudest moment of my family. My daughter has been punctual in offering prayers. She always starts her day with Namaz and I think her success is the outcome of those prayers,” he says.
 Amara’s mother, who is a house maker, says that Amara has always remained in touch with religion and was also a brilliant student in school from her childhood. “Despite being dedicated to religion, Amara stood first in every class from her childhood, and today’s success is the result of her hard work and perseverance,” says Shamima Akhter. “I have always kept Amara away from the house chores so that she can get ample time for her studies,” she says.
Amara believes that she has never been a bookworm. She says studying with dedication is the key to success. She wants aspiring students to work hard to achieve success.

‘There’s no shortcut to success’
Bisma Zahoor
Science topper

Bisma Zahoor, who is also a science topper, secured 490 marks.  She says
her elder sister is her inspiration. Hailing from Mir Sahab, Old Town Baramulla, Bisma is the younger daughter of Zahoor Ahmad Shiekh, a businessman and Nasreena Akhter, a government employee. Bisma says that this was the happiest day in her life and that she has lived up to the expectations of her family.
“I was overwhelmed with joy when I heard about my result. My result brought happiness on the faces of my whole family when they heard I had secured first position,” Bisma says. 
Belonging to a middle class family, Bisma says that hard work and the support of her family was decisive in her success. “I am very close to my grandparents and it’s under their guidance that I have progressed this far,” she says. “I used to study 7-8 hours each day and this has become a routine. I continue to study for same number of hours to prepare for CET.”
Student of Saint Joseph Higher Secondary Baramulla, Bisma hails the teachers of her school. “Now I want to crack the CET and become a successful doctor and make my parents proud. The success of board exam has boosted me to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a successful doctor,” says Bisma.
Bisma says she had expected that she would get 490 marks, but she wasn’t expecting first position. “I remember, after completion of my 12th exams, I once told my father that I would get about 490 marks, but I wasn’t expecting a top position. This result was a pleasant surprise,” she says.
Bisma believes that nothing is impossible and there is no shortcut to success. “Success can only be achieved by hard work,” she says. Bisma’s father, who is a businessman by profession, says her daughter has made him and his whole family proud. “It’s her hard work and dedication that has yielded such results,” he says. “I have got two daughters and I am proud of them. I think in the present age, girls are better than boys in every respect and the recent board results are a proof of that,” he says.

‘Arts is not the subject of duffers’
Sana Shafiq
Topper, Arts stream

Sana Shafiq bagged first position in the arts stream by securing 489 marks. Two years ago Sana had also secured second position in the class 10th board exams.
Hailing from Lal Bazar, Srinagar, Sana is the youngest daughter of Shafiq Ahmad Pandit, a retired head draftsman and Dilshada Bano, an employee in Rural Development Department. Unlike most of the students of the Valley, who prefer tuition centres against schools, Sana believes that going to tuition centers is a waste of time.
Sana wants to crack civil service exams (KAS and IAS). She says she wants to prove that medical and non-medical are not the only two options in your career. She says the arts subject is far better than any other subject and she believes one can excel in arts. “I want to prove this myth wrong that arts is the subject of duffers,” she says.
After passing my 10th class with good percentage, she says, most of my relatives advised me to opt for medical subjects. “But my thinking was different,” she says, “I liked Social Sciences more than any other subject and I opted for arts, for which my sisters supported me.” At first her parents were influenced by relatives, but later they supported her decision. “They are proud of my decision,” says Sana.
“I use Facebook and other social networking sites only in my spare time and I only follow educational pages,” she says. Parents of Sana are jubilant over the achievement of their youngest daughter. Sana’s father Shafiq Ahmad believes that girls should be encouraged to study and must be supported throughout their career.
 “I have three daughters and no son, but I have never felt need of a son, all three of my daughters have made me proud. It’s the duty of parents to support their children, especially girls in every manner because they (girls) need support of their parents the most,” Shafiq Ahmad says.
Sana’s mother, an arthritis patient, says that her daughter is not only good in her studies but also helps her in household chores. “Despite being brilliant in studies from her childhood, she is also good in daily house chores,” says her mother.  “she helps me a lot in my work.” 

‘Self belief is must for success’
Rahila Hafeez
Topper, Commerce stream

Proving her mettle by securing first position in the commerce stream, Rahila Hafeez from Delina, Baramulla credits her success to the motivation and support of her parents. Student of Government Higher Secondary School Delina Baramulla, Rahila is the youngest among the three sisters in the family.
Belonging to a middle class family, Rahila wants to become a chartered accountant and she has already made plans to achieve her goal. “There were jubilations in the house when I heard that I had topped. I think my hard work and prayers of my parents have yielded the best result I could have imagined,” says Rahila. But for me, she adds, getting first position is not enough. “It’s just the first step towards achieving a higher goal, to become a chartered accountant and I have already started preparing for that,” she says.
Rahila says extensive study hours during exams helped her immensely. “When exam dates got close, I started studying for almost 18 hours per day, with only 4-5 hours of sleep and extensive studies helped me a lot in exams,” she says.
“I want to give credit of my success to my family who supported me in every decision I took,” she says. Bisma says apart from hard work, it’s the self belief that is a must for achieving bigger goals. Bisma believes social networking sites like Facebook are a total waste of time. Bisma’s father, Hafeezullah Rather, who works in the education department, believes that girls can make their parents proud if they are supported by their parents. “I strongly believe that girls can achieve great success, but for that they need support of their parents,” he says. “We have always supported our daughter when it comes to her studies,” he says.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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