Phulbani: Minakshi Mallik belongs to a poor tribal family of farmers but she never let their meagre income come in the way of her studies. Not only has she managed to fight the odds but successfully overcome the adversity by scoring 92.67 per cent in Class X board exams, whose results were declared on July 29.
Minakshi hails from Gaibandha village of Mahasingh panchayat under K. Nuagaon block of the district. The tribal family essentially depends on farming and have troubles making their ends meet. And yet studious Minakshi topped the Kandhamal district and now aspires to be a doctor.
In the results published by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), the district topper scored 557 and an A1 grade. “I believe in hard work and had set a target to score a minimum of 90%. When the results were published, my own marks were a huge surprise for me. I would like to thank my parents and teachers who always supported me and showed me the right path,” chirps Minakshi.
While her schooling from Class I till V was in local Gaibandha school there was no option for high school in her village. Despite financial crunches, Minakshi’s parents sent her to Tumudibandha School. She stayed in the school’s hostel and finished her tenth there.
“Minakshi was always a studious girl. We never had to ask her to study and she always did whatever was needed on her own. Even during school break when she came home, she would help us out in farms or home and then go back to her studies,” said the proud parents.
Minakshi has now set her aim at becoming a doctor. But the dreams looked distant for her impoverished family because of their financial conditions.
Kandhamal MP Achyuta Samanta was moved by her story and as per latest reports he has promised to fund her education.