Sarfaraz Hussain, a Muslim student from Shankardev Shishu Niketan in Betkuchi, Guwahati has topped the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination. He secured 590 marks out of 600.
Sarfaraz, who aspires to become an engineer, has also won several awards in Sanskrit essay-writing and debate competitions, apart from topping the all-Guwahati Gita recitation contest two years ago.
Out of the over 3.8 lakh students who appeared for the Class X exams this time in Assam, 2.39 lakh secured pass marks, including 54,197 in first division, 96,568 in second and 88,849 in third.
Sarfaraz’s father Azmal Hussain said he wanted his children to get “quality education”. The family hails from Patharughat in Darrang district, where Hindu and Muslim farmers had joined hands to rise in revolt against the British in 1894.
In fact Sarfaraz is not the first Muslim student to have got a top position in the HSLC exams. Few years ago another student from Barpeta found a place among the top 20.
Sarfaraz is to join Cotton College in Guwahati, one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in the northeast.