An eighteen-year-old Panaji boy, Pratheek Rebello, has achieved an All India Rank of 7 at the Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering entrance exam (VITEEE) for admission to BTech programmes of the institute. This has been a historic achievement for the state, as it is that a student from Goa has one among the nation’s top ten.
Pratheek has also set a benchmark by securing the 96th spot in the country at the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), which is the best score by any Goan student.
Pratheek Rebellos is a Class 12 student of Musthifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School, Panaji. By his achievement of ranking 7 amongst the two-lakh students from all over the country, who attempted the test this year, he has beat Kakodkar’s 2007 rank of 109 at the VITEEE examination.
“It is for the first time that a student from the state has featured among the nation’s top ten in the examination that is answered by almost all engineering aspirants vying for a seat at the prestigious Vellore Institute of Technology,” director of the school Vyankatesh Prabhudesai said. – TOI
Rebello, a Class 10 topper in ICSE examinations in Goa, ranking fourth in the country, said that he was happy with the results, but considers VITEEE merely a practice test. “I have my eyes set on the IITs and BITs,” he said.
According to Rebello, one needs to start preparing more than a year in advance to crack the paper, and be calm while answering. The Panaji boy’s schedule for a day is attending his school from 9 am to 5 pm, take a power nap for a bit before sitting down with his books studying till about 2 am.
Rebello is also a musician, clearing five grades of piano, and has a keen interest in engaging in debates.