Boy from remote village tops Common Entrance Test in Kashmir

Srinagar: Haroon Rashid, a boy from remote Kunanposhpora village of North Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district topped the Common Entrance Test (CET) of the Jammu and Kashmir State the result of which was declared on Tuesday.

Haroon scored 207 marks out of 22 in the professional entrance examination. However, the boy says he is not surprised with the same. “To the honest, I was expecting it”, he said while attributing his success to hard work, family and his tutors in Parraypora locality of Srinagar. He says that it was his first crack at the professional entrance and is thankful to all those who guided him.

Haroon Rashid son of Abdul Rashid Bhat had completed his 11th and 12th class studies from Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School Srinagar and got “individual coaching” in Physics, Chemistry and Biology from tutors in Parraypora here.

Having achieved the “first target”, Haroon now wants to devote his whole attention and energy to become a professional in medicine. “I want to be a doctor. A real professional so that I could serve my home land in manner they expect me to,” he added.    

Bhat family does not have Haroon’s success only reason to celebrate. Incidentally, his elder sister Rukaya Rashid has also cracked the CET this year. “She has been selected for BDS,” Haroon said. Besides the elder sister, Haroon has a little sister and a brother.   

Asked about his view on cancellation of the CET exams in June following a goof-up by the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), Haroon said, “It was disturbing to be honest.”

While Haroon top ranked in the exam, Hafsa Muzaffar Gundroo and Babar Mohmad followed him in PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Bialogy list) at rank two and three with 199.6 marks each. In Physics, Chemistry and Maths, Shomik Raina son of Satish Kumar Raina top ranked with 185 marks in PCM (Physic, Chemistry and Maths).

(Inputs: KNS)