CHENNAI: 18-year-old Barath Venkateshwaran has a basic Samsung mobile, an equivalent of Nokia’s classic 1100, unlike most other youngsters of his age. But when the results for Class 12 CBSE were announced on Saturday, Barath proved right his mother’s belief that ‘smartphones kill one’s valuable time’.
Scoring an impressive 495/500, he emerged as the third ranker in the country besides topping his State. Barath, a computer science student, is from the Modern Senior Secondary School in Nanganallur.
Speaking to Express, Barath’s mother Shanthi Venkateshwaran states, “There is no substitute for hard work and dedication. A lot of youngsters today waste so much time on their smartphones, when in fact phones were invented only to meet the communication needs of a person.”
For a guy who sees ‘atoms’ everywhere, it was natural that Barath would excel in science. Indeed out of the two centums he has scored, one was in physics and other in mathematics. Earlier he had scored a perfect 10 CGPA in his 10th CBSE exam.
The IIT aspirant who will shortly give his JEE Advanced exam remains hopeful of pursuing mechanical engineering at IIT Madras. “I would like to do research and development in the field of physics, which in my view is a field of reason... It is my endeavor to utilise my scientific knowledge to try and clean Chennai’s dirty rivers,” he signs off.
I would like to do research and development in the field of physics, which in my view is a field of reason... It is my endeavor to utilise my scientific knowledge to try and clean Chennai’s dirty rivers