Daughter of daily-wage carpenter scores 600/600 in Tamil Nadu Class XII Board exams 

Hard work pays off for young Nandhini, who plans to take up Commerce and later become a chartered accountant.

ByVinodh Arulappan

Published May 09, 2023 | 7:15 AMUpdatedMay 09, 2023 | 9:30 AM

Daughter of daily-wage carpenter scores 600/600 in Tamil Nadu Class XII Board exams 

Nandhini S was all smiles when the result of the Class XII Tamil Nadu state board exams was announced on Monday, 8 May.

Daughter of a daily-wage carpenter in Dindigul, the student of the government-aided Annamalaiar Mills Girls Higher Secondary School scored 600 out of 600.

Nandhini, who aims to be a Chartered Accountant, is the only student in Tamil Nadu who scored full marks in all six subjects — Tamil, English, Economics, Commerce, Accountancy, and Computer Application — in the Class XII boards.

Speaking to South First, Nandhini credited her parents and teachers’ encouragement for her achievement.

“Initially I did not believe the score. I knew that I would pass with distinction but never imagined scoring full marks in all subjects,” she said.

Nandhini’s Class XII scorecard. (Supplied)

“My father, Saravana Kumar, is a daily wager and he always used to say that education is the only asset that my parents are providing me,” she added.

When asked about her preparations for the exam, Nandhini said, she avoided leisure. “I studied at school and home. Sacrificed outings with friends and my entire family was supportive. The financial condition at home made me study hard.”

Nandhini, who opted for Commerce, said that she aims to be a chartered accountant. “I wanted to stand on my own feet. I will opt for BCom and later pursue CA”, she said.

She celebrated her achievement with her parents Kumar and Banupriya, and her teachers.

Wishes pour in for Nandhini

Rural Development Minister I Periyasamy went to the school and greeted Nandhini. He further gifted the topper a book on former president APJ Abdul Kalam.

Minister I Periyasamy congratulating Nandhini at Annamalaiar Mills Girls Higher Secondary School (Supplied)

He also assured her of the state government’s support in her future endeavours.

BJP state president K Annamalai, who was campaigning in Karnataka for the Assembly polls, wished Nandhini over the phone. “Your’s is a  great achievement. I will pray to God for your betterment in life. Will meet you when I return to Tamil Nadu,” he reportedly said.

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, in a statement, termed Nandhini a role model for students.

He also greeted Lakshaya, a student from Ranipet, who scored full marks in the Tamil language test.

Haasan also said that those students who had not passed the exam should not be discouraged. He urged them to confidently appear for the special supplementary examination scheduled for June.

He also urged the state government to ensure that all those who passed the board exams pursued their higher studies.

Apart from party leaders and politicians, celebrities, too, congratulated Nandhini for her achievement.