By Anuradha Dutta, Kolkata, Jan 26 IBNS | 6 months ago

What more the young, aspiring minds would want than to be mentored and guided by the toppers in the country and such an opportunity was presented by HorlicksProMind to the students of West Bengal in the form of 'Meet The Exam Toppers' initiative this Saturday, here at the Chrome hotel.


Launched by the house of GlaxoSmithKline, HorlicksProMind is a specialized brain nutrition health drink meant to "give the students the healthy mind and body which is much needed" to be 'Exam Ready'.

Under the initiative an all India panel of exam toppers comprising 18 IIT, CBSE and state board toppers will coach students to perform their best in the exams and equip them with exam tips, nutrition advice and confidence building.

Ayan Chatterjee, who is pursuing electronics and telecommunication from the Jadavpur University, was present at the meet to share his own ideas and experiences with school children ranging from the primary to secondary level.

Ayan who topped both the class X and class XII exams in 2009 and 2011 respectively, stressed on the importance of attending school regularly.

The Ballygunge Jagad Bandhu Institution alumnus shared how he benefited from making personal notes that helped him winding up the whole course in a days time just before the exams. He pointed out to the young students the advantages of group discussions which often helped him to exchange the knowledge and understanding of subjects.

Pallabi Karmakar who topped class XII in 2011 spoke to the kids at length about the importance of being disciplined in ones daily life could help them come out with flying colours.

Pallabi who hails from Cooch Behar and is pursuing Physics Honors from Jadavpur University urged the parents present at the meet not to push their children into rat race, and allow them to pursue the subjects of their choice.

"I am happy to share tips to be 'Exam Ready' with these children. I feel privileged to be here," she added.

Answering the students on the sacrifices one has to make to do well in the exams, Ayan said," I don't think one must do away with their hobbies and pleasures completely, but allocate comparatively lesser time during the exam days."

Both the toppers told the students there was no sure shot way to overcome nervousness accompanied with exams, but having confidence over their own hard work and learning could do the trick.

Ayan and Pallabi gave several tips to the youngsters about writing the exams that could fetch them good marks.

The two students from Jadavpur University, who feel strongly connected to their subjects, wish to go for research preferably in the US.

"I want to comeback to India, after completing my studies abroad," said Ayan, who feels the standard of education in Indian universities has come down greatly due to the impact of 'Brain Drain'.

"I really wish that our laboratories do provide the opportunity to research the topics that are conducted in the universities abroad," adds the Kolkata boy.

While Pallabi wants to work in the area of Particle Physics, Ayan desires to work in the area of Engineering Mathematics.

(Posted on 26-01-2014)