Nagpur : At the 100th Convocation Ceremony of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Priyanka Victor Bertram tasted super success during her academic life itself when she bagged whopping number of 17 medals to her credit. This is the highest number of gold medals any student won in the last 10 years.
For a girl who could not get admission to MBBS course and eventually pursued BSc, striking such a number of gold medals, is quite an accomplishment that sets an example for others to follow.
Priyanka did her schooling from St. Joseph’s Girls High school, Nagpur and her HSC in science stream from Hislop college, Nagpur. She wanted to become a Doctor, however fate has something else stored for her and she had to opt for BSc. Priyanka was also showered with several other prizes from Nagpur university.
Priyanka looks forward to pick up the noble profession of teaching, and aims to become a lecturer.
Nagpur Today interacts with this ‘Golden Girl’…
NT: How would you react to be getting the highest medals in the university?
P: I am on cloud 9 and excited to get the medals by APJ Abdul Kalam.
NT: Who were the people who played a vital role in your success?
P: It is the ‘grace of God’ and blessings of my parents who always encouraged me, and never forced me to do a particular thing. My principal and the entire staff of my department.
NT: How did you prepare for your exams? How many hours of study did you put in every day?
P: I am a morning person and used to study in the morning hours without any disturbance. I was very regular in college and make it a point to attend lectures regularly. And study 6 to 8 hours daily.
NT: Did tutions play a role in your success?
P:I never relied on tutions. I focus on self study.
NT: Which is your favourite subject.
P: I like maths a lot.
NT: What did you do for relaxation and refreshing your mind?
P: When not studying, I like listening to music, hoping to learn playing casio soon. I also like playing badminton and i love reading books.
NT: What are your future plans?
P: I want to do research work, but currently i am pursuing M.Sc in Mathematics. I want clear NET-SET and lecturership.
NT: Tell us about your family?
P: My father, Victor Bertram is a senior section engineer with Central Railway, Nagpur. My Mother Welma Bertram is a Incharge Staff Nurse at Government Medical college, Bhandara.
NT: Your message to the youngsters?
P: Just follow your heart and do whatever you want to do, be academics or any other field. Don’t take pressure and stress.