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The Hindu Education Plus - Aspire Merit Awards presented

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More than 5,000 students took the test on April 22 and 23 More than 5,000 students took the model test



TOPPERS REWARDED: Students Subash Nehru, K. Niranj, S.R. Archana and M. Aarthi, who won gold medals at `The Hindu' Education Plus - Aspire Merit Awards 2006 function held in Chennai on Saturday. — Photo: S. Thanthoni

CHENNAI: For the 17 students who had scored top marks in the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination (TNPCEE) 2006, Saturday turned out to be extra special, as they also walked away with The Hindu Education Plus - Aspire Merit Awards 2006.

All the students had also won top slots at the State-level model test conducted by Aspire on April 22 and 23.

TNPCEE topper Subash Nehru, who had scored 100 marks in the engineering entrance examination, was given a gold medal along with a Rs.5,000 cash prize.

Others who won gold medals were M. Aarthi, S.R. Archana and K. Niranj.

Three silver medallists — S. Balamurugan, S. Sai Sriram and Kirubakaran — also won cash prizes of Rs.3,000 each. Others who won silver medals were A. Sindhu, T. Rajkiran, S. Vishnu, R. Vaishnavi, S. Santhaprakash, J. Dalton, J. Deepa, R.P. Pacckyarathinam, C. Dhivya and Shakira Yoosuf.

Giving away the awards, M.R. Sivakumar, Vice-President (Circulation), The Hindu, said the toppers had a great responsibility: to continue performing well. Students should try to use the Internet to the maximum advantage, and pursue higher studies.

Finance was not a constraint when it came to pursuing higher education.

Students had to ensure speed, quantity and quality of delivery when it came to tapping the job market, he added.

An entrance test for admission to professional courses helped to usher in transparency in the evaluation process, apart from ensuring that students were tested in problem-solving and application orientation, N. Madhumati of Aspire Learning Company said.

Over 5,000 students had taken the model test, which was conducted for the fourth year this year, she added.

Learning the fundamentals was necessary to ensure that you succeeded in competitive examinations, topper Subash Nehru said. The Aspire model test gave students an indication of what their actual ranks would be in the TNPCEE, he added.

M.A. John, Managing Director, Aspire Learning Company, was present.

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