Pune: Students of Poona Night High School and Junior College in the city have achieved great success, as displayed in their Class 12 results, by working day and night in spite of the weak financial condition their families may be in.
Omkar Ramchandra Bane (19) has secured 79 per cent in the commerce stream, while his other classmate Kunal Suresh Bendal (20) has stood second in the college with 77 per cent, followed by Pallavi Bhimrao Jadhav (18) who secured the third rank with 73 percent. Pallavi has also obtained the highest marks amongst the female students who gave the examination from their college.
The Poona Night High School of the Saraswati Mandir Sanstha and the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Public Ganpati Trust Junior College scored a 81.42 pass percent in the Class 12 standard examination conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Out of 114 students who sat for the exam 92 have managed to pass, and 13 out of 15 students have succeeded with goods marks.
Bane, who hails from Ratnagiri district, used to work as an office boy in a private organisation in Pune during the day. Bendal lives in Janta Vasahat area and used to work as a waiter in a hotel. Speaking to Sakal Times Bane said, "I want to pursue my studies and become a Chartered Accountant." These students have achieved remarkable success by working hard and burning the midnight oil.
Pallavi Jadhav has achieved the honor of obtaining the highest rank among her female counterparts. While speaking to Sakal Times, Pallavi said, "I used to work during the day and study in the night due to my financial situation. I lost my father at a very young age and being the eldest, I had to help my mother who is daily-wage labourer. Surviving on meagre daily-wages was difficult for us, hence I worked in a finance company which helped a lot. I want to pursue my career in the banking sector."
Success of Divyang 'Chinmay'
Pune's Chinmay Chandrasekhar Mokashi (20) was born differently abled. As a night school student he has scored 74.61 per cent in the Class 12 examination conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Elaborating on his background, Chinmay said, " I have been crippled since childhood. I could not never travel to school alone and my parents used to drop me. My mother has taken a lot of efforts and often accompanied me. I have been studying at Poona Night School since I was eighth grade."
"I have got good marks due to the guidance given by the teachers and parents. I want to pursue my career in commerce," he added.
Free admission to 101 needy students
Considering the situation perpetrated by the coronavirus pandemic so far, the authority has decided to give free admission to 101 needy students from class VIII to XII along with free school materials for the year. There is also a bicycle bank from which students from this category can use bicycles to travel to their workplaces and come to institute to study. It is expected that this 'bicycle bank' will help them save money and time. "Apart from this, the administration will also be taking decisions on how to manage the expenses of the three students who have topped this year," said Avinash Takawale, principal of Poona Night High School.