Prithvi had no interest in economics - The New Indian Express

Prithvi had no interest in economics

Published: 26th November 2012 12:00 AM

Last Updated: 24th November 2012 02:16 PM

Every student revels in topping his or her class. But imagine topping the entire world! This rare feat has been achieved by Prithvi Sridhar, who topped in economics in the Cambridge International Examinations conducted in June this year.

The Class XII student from Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore, won the renowned Outstanding Cambridge Learner award, besides topping globally in economics. About his feat, a reticent Prithvi says, “Well, it just happened. But the whole experience of writing the examination was really good. It helped that the exam was easy.” He also received awards for the highest marks for India in chemistry, mathematics and physics and attained first place in India across four Cambridge International AS levels. 

“My parents helped me study. I would discuss with them concepts, and I invariably ended up talking about economics with them. The same happened with my classmates at school,” he says.

Well, as irony would have it, Prithvi plans to study engineering after Class XII. “I am not interested in economics really. I plan to do engineering. But the Cambridge award is a very big deal for me and it will help me get into big colleges,” says Prithvi, who is eyeing admission into Cambridge or Stanford.

Prithvi joined the list of 107 learners who received awards for exceptional performance in Cambridge examinations, including 22 learners who achieved the highest marks in the world and 74 learners who attained the highest marks in India in a single subject.

— bharath@newindianexpress.com

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