…and first position goes to north Kashmir duo

 Mushtaq Ahmed

Baramulla: Two students from Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, who bagged first position in Cass 12 examinations, the results of which were announced Thursday, attributed their success to hard work and dedication.
Faizan Mushtaq Sofi, son of Professor Mushtaq Ahmad of Jamia Qadeem, and Junaid-ul Islam, son of Mohammad Ashraf Bhat of Harpora, secured 491 marks each out of 500 to top the examinations in which 51,391 students had appeared.
“My parents always supported me. They never pressurized me over studies. Their constant guidance and my hard work and dedication have paid rich dividends,” a jubilant Faizan told Kashmir Reader.
A student of Shah Rasool Welkin Higher Secondary School, Sopore, Faizan also expressed his gratitude to his schoolteacher Shahid. Faizan, a student of non-medical stream with Biology as an additional subject, aims to do research in Mathematics.
Faizan’s father is a Botany teacher at the Degree College Handwara while his mother is a homemaker.
For most part of the year, Faizan said he depended on self study, spending only three months in a coaching centre in Jammu.
“I went to the coaching centre in January last year. But after completing the course, I returned home and studied hard without taking tuitions from anywhere,” he said.
Faizan, however, doesn’t want to become a doctor or an engineer, but intends to go for research in mathematics or physical sciences.
“A very less number of Kashmiris make it to IIMs and IITs, and I find it very disappointing. My aim is to gain admission in an IIT or IIM so that I can do research in Mathematics or Physical Sciences, which has always been my dream,” he said.
The scene of celebrations is no different at the modest house of Junaid. A student of Government Boys Higher Secondary School Handwara, Junaid feels on top of the world. “I want to become an engineer,” Junaid said.
He did his schooling from Kehkashan Public School. After passing Class 10, he took admission in HSS Handwara. His father is a lecturer in Statistics in Government Higher Secondary School Kupwara and his mother is a homemaker.
“My parents, especially my mother always encouraged me. She is a source of inspiration,” says Junaid.
“I can’t ignore the contribution of my teachers as well. They have helped me to groom in the best possible way,” he added.
Iram Sheikh, daughter of Showkat Ahmad Sheikh, of Khawaja Bagh Baramulla has also bagged first position in Arts subjects. She has secured 485 marks and was a student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Baramulla.
Meanwhile like Faizan of Handwara, Ariba Afeeh of Lal Bazaar Srinagar, who secured third position with 97.08 per cent marks, had opted for both medical and non-medical subjects. The success has brightened her hopes of becoming a doctor or an engineer.
“My success is because of Allah’s help, my parent’s prayers, and my hard work. I had opted for both medical and non-medical because my dream is to either be a doctor or an engineer. Now that I have qualified 10+2, I will dedicate all my energy towards my goal,” she told Kashmir Reader.
Meanwhile, all students of Muslim Educational Institute Pampore have qualified the examination.—With Yasir Ashraf in Srinagar