I want to become like Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar or Albert Einstein: Punit Debnath

Tanmoy Chakraborty

Punit Debnath, a student of science stream under Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) secured positions among top ten in Higher Secondary results this year, want to become like Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar or Albert Einstein.

Punit is a village boy from Kanchanpur in North Tripura district, ranked tenth position in TBSE this year, lives in one thatched hut with his family including his father Surendra Debnath ,51, who is working as deed writer at Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s office for over two decades, his mother Joyasree Roy, 39, is a housewife and there is one more child in the family to look after.

They live in a thatched hut and run their family on a small income. Punit’s younger sister Snigdha Debnath is now studying in the sixth standard and has started to develop tuition requirements too.

Two years back Punit completed his Madyamik (matriculate) examination where he scored 87.42 percent under TBSE but could not secure any position.

Though the family runs on a meager income the family has decided to send him from Kanchanpur to Dharmanagar, which is the headquarters of North Tripura district and a much bigger town.

Speaking to Tripurachronicle, Punit’s father Surendra Debnath said, “I am working as a deed writer and try to run my family with a meager income. After he completed his Madhyamik examination we have decided to send Punit to Dharmanagar for studies since there are a much better opportunities for studies. My son has secured a very good result and made us proud. But I could not do much for him”.

Punit’s father said he earns only a few thousand rupees and send Rs. 2,000 per month for his son’s stay, food and studies at Dharmanagar.

His father also said that he want to give credit to all the teachers who helped Punit by giving free tuition, notes ,books and other kind of help.

“I know Rs. 2,000 is nearly nothing. But there is no option left this is what I can give to my son. I am very happy to say that the teacher who taught him in private tuition did not take the charges. They taught him for free. I am indebted to all of them”, Punit’s proud father said.

Punit scored 462 marks in aggregate in the TBSE Higher Secondary examinations this year with letter of distinction in English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

Punit said he wants to pick Physics as career and want to do research works.

“I want to work on matter, time etc. I want to become like Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. I want to do something in life”, he said.

Punit said behind his success his parents and teachers played a major role.

“For my parents and my teachers I am here only and they supported me through thick and thin. I am very happy”, he said.

This is the first time a student from Chandrapur Government Higher Secondary School has secured a position among top ten in any of the disciplines in board examination results.

Ripan Chakraborty, Headmaster of the school said that Punit comes from a very poor family but very brilliant.

“We are very happy. This is the first time a student from our school has secured a position in board results. This boy is a genius and a very good student”, he said