Assam : A waiter's son in Guwahati topped the Assam class X board examination, the results of which were declared on Tuesday. Sarfaraz Hussain, 16, a student of Sankardev Sishu Niketan, a cluster of schools run under the RSS- affiliated Vidya Bharati, scored 590 out of 600 marks (98.3% ) to clinch the top slot. About four lakh students appeared for the exam.
16-year-old Sarfaraz is the first Muslim to pass from Sankardev Sishu Niketan, one of the many schools run by the Vidya Bharati-affiliated Sishu Shiksha Samiti, Assam.Vidya Bharati is the RSS’ education wing. Sankardev Sishu Niketan, situated at Betkuchi on the outskirts of Guwahati, has 24 Muslim students.
Talking to a newspaper, Sarfaraz’s father, Ajmal Hussain, said he sent his son to study in the school because it provided free education. “It would have otherwise been difficult to sustain his studies with my meagre income as a waiter in a small restaurant,” he said.He further gave credit for his son’s success to his hard work, teachers’ support and Goddess Saraswati.
Meanwhile, BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has been appointed as convenor of a newly-floated North-East Democratic Alliance, announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for Sarfaraz Hussain.