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Afruja of remote Assam village tops varsity exam and breaks barriers

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Afruja Begum, a student of BH College, Barpeta, Assam, has secured first position in the Philosophy Department of the University of Guwahati. She scored 9.07 CGPA.

The University of Guwahati (GU) has announced the results of the Bachelor’s Degree Examination in Philosophy.  

Afruja’s achievement comes at a time when Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma has openly praised the talent of the youth of the rural areas. 

Afruja, daughter of Habel Ali, a resident of Bhandara Char village No. 4 in Bangagaon district, has brought joy to the underdeveloped area. 

“It was very difficult for me to leave home and take classes in college because our area is very backward. During the rainy season, the roads are flooded. There is no way to get there. So I stayed in hostel.”

Afruja is grateful to the college authorities for allowing her to stay when the hostel should be otherwise closed.

She says her parents inspired her to dream big and now she wants to enroll for a postgraduate degree.

Afruja Begum’s father runs a small business. The village of Bhandara Char  where he lives is very inaccessible. The roads are in poor condition.

Afruja Begum is happy that despite coming from a remote village topped in the Philosophy department of the University of Guwahati in the Bachelor’s Examination results. 

Meanwhile, a delegation led by AMSU President Rezaul Karim Sarkar visited the house of Afruja and felicitated her and her parents with flowers, gomochas, sharai, pens and books. 

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“We are delighted with the performance of Afruja, a daughter from a very remote area like Bhandara Char village. She studied with great sacrifice and hard work. We wish her even better results in the coming days We hope he will be a good citizen who can serve the region,” said, Rezaul Karim Sarkar, AMSU President. 

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