Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Faridabad Jain boy tops IIT JEE

Neha Pushkarna, TNN

FARIDABAD: IIT JEE topper Nitin Jain doesn't see what the fuss is about. The shy teenager says it's a goal he set two years ago and has steadily worked for. But consider the numbers: Jain secured the first rank in the IIT entrance exam for 2009, taken by 3.8 lakh students in the country and abroad. From Delhi zone alone, 60,852 students took the test, of which a mere 1,524 were successful. Nationwide, 10,035 students qualified.

``It's no surprise. We had been expecting this,'' said the Jains as their son adjusted to the flash of cameras that followed him all through Monday after the results were declared. ``Whenever I saw photos of toppers in the newspapers, I always thought my son would be there too. That day has finally come,'' said a beaming Kumkum Jain, Nitin's mother.

The topper remained calm, attributing the all India rank 1 to regular and planned studying. ``Since I took up science after Class X, IIT was a natural choice. I wanted to get the first rank and I got it,'' said Nitin. His formula: devoting equal time to all subjects while studying only four to five hours a day.

Nitin's teachers at Modern Vidya Niketan burst crackers to celebrate the unprecedented honour. ``We always knew Nitin would crack IIT JEE and could get the first rank too. He has an exceptional IQ. He has been a topper throughout,'' said Kanta Sharma, manager of MVN School. Faridabad too is emerging a toppers' address, with Nitin's success coming after Tannvi Aggarwal aced the nationwide CBSE exams this year.

Nitin's father, N C Jain, says the future was charted by the teenager long ago. ``I wanted him to do CA but he said he wanted to be a computer engineer. I once asked if he thought he could get into IIT. He said there was no doubt.'' Nitin, known as a science wizard in school, has won a gold medal in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in Indonesia and will soon head to Mexico for another science olympiad. ``The education minister of Indonesia had also invited him to join the Bardung Institute of Technology for engineering,'' Nitin's father said. Nitin scored 95% aggregate in his Class XII board exams.

By Nitin's own blueprint, he will the family's first engineer. His father is a businessman and works part-time in a factory. His mother is a housewife. ``Physics is my faviourite subject. But I will go for computer engineering now,'' he said.

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