Making History With Hardwork

government school boy scores 99 percent in his 10th JK BOSE exams. Mudasir Majeed reports on a Kupwara youth’s fearless mission to win big.

He studied in a government school, worked hard in closet, shunned tuitions, focused solely on studying, kept his eyes on the goal—and made a mark.  Aadil Abdullah Bhat, a 10th grade student from the remote village of Patergund-Vilgam in the Kupwara district, has given a reason for celebration. He ranked fourth at the recently declared 10th grade results at the state level.

To Aadil, procuring 497 marks was a surprise, but to Aadil’s father Mohammad Abdullah; it was something he knew all along.

“My son’s preference for hard work over comfortable sleep had already heralded that he would definitely be amongst the top ten,” says Mohammed Abdullah.
Aadil says that to achieve a goal, one needs to be committed to the goal and must contain strong power of endurance and determination.

“We make things impossible by holding some phobia that something is not achievable. And the result is that our capabilities are arrested and we remain ineffective,” he says.

“To overcome any competition one needs to be a powerhouse of confidence instead of being scared and reluctant of competition,” he adds.

Aadil’s father believes that generally government school teachers, despite being well-qualified, don’t take pains in helping mould a child’s mind. He believes this is in stark contrast to private schools, where teachers might not be well-qualified, but are adamant about making their students work hard.

Aadil himself believes that the pressure factor is lacking in most government schools, which, he says, is the prerequisite to make students work hard.

“If there is pressure on teachers in government institutions, the students will automatically be pressured to study well and this will certainly help garner recognition to them (govt. schools) and will also wash away their embarrassing status that has existed for so many years,” believes Aadil.     

Government Higher Secondary School Vilgam, where Aadil studied, has claimed a record 20 distinctions with many students having obtained over 90 percent marks. The students credit the school faculty for being dedicated and devoted towards students and faithful to their profession.    

“We proudly acclaim the efforts of our teachers, who played a significant role in the success of all of us,”say students of Vilgam Higher Secondary.

Aadil refused to go for tuitions. His father would be his only guide aside from teachers at school. He would stay in a room at his house; awake till 4 A.M. and study tirelessly. His friends say, if they would face a problem in any subject, Aadil would help.

His friends have done well also. Junaid obtained 470 marks, Touseef 417 and Kaiser 350.

Aadil dreams of becoming an engineer. “I have a strong love for mathematics. I feel engineering is a suitable profession and I crave to be an engineer. Therefore I decided against the age-old belief of family and took up non-medical,” he says. “Although Papa has a desire that I should prepare for Administrative Services from now itself, I have seriously disclosed my ardent interest for engineering,”reveals Aadil.

The Joint Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education, Abdul Hameed Kant says, “It has been for the first time in the history of the State Board of School Education that a boy from a government school has obtained 497 marks in 10th grade. There is a good improvement in the results this year. I want to convey my hearty congratulations to all top rank holders and Aadil, for bringing laurels to all government institutions.”

Aadil’s father suggests, “For improving the condition of government schools, the society has a great role to play. There is the need for community intervention. Here (Vilgam-Higher Secondary), we have been very successful in preventing the malfunctioning of administration, so should happen at other places.”

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