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Minnaladevi has braved all odds

Staff Reporter

“I am interested in oratorical and essay competitions as well”


I have no words to describe my happiness. She achieved it herself: Her father A. Mohan

She secured fourth place in State level INSPIRE science exhibition


Tiruvannamalai: M. Minnaladevi, daughter of a village postman and student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Cheyyar has become one of the State toppers in SSLC exams against all odds.

Though she studied in a private matriculation school until her fifth standard, she was shifted to government school in VI standard as her father A. Mohan was not able to pay her fees.

Mr.Mohan, who could not come to meet the Collector on Friday told The Hindu over phone that “I have no words to describe my happiness. She achieved it herself.”

Minnaladevi obtained each 98 marks in Tamil and English subjects and secured 100 marks in three other subjects (total: 496). Speaking to the reporters in Tiruvannamalai Collector's chamber, she heaped praises on teachers, parents and her younger sister for her assistance in studies.

“My teachers provided me special care and conducted repeated tests. My parents sensitised me to the importance of education but they never pestered me to study. My younger sister Pramiladevi would assist me in my studies. I am interested in oratorical and essay competitions as well,” she said.

When asked about her career preference she said that she was aspiring to do medicine ever since her childhood.

By becoming state topper Ms.Minnaladevi has not only earned credit to herself and her humble parents A.Mohan and M.Santhi but she made the educationally backward Tiruvannamalai district proud by becoming the first State topper. District Collector M.Rajendran presented her with a personal gift. “She secured fourth place in State level INSPIRE science exhibition,” said C.Joseph, District Educational Officer.

Chief Educational Officer S.Suganya was present

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