The Orissa government has included the name of a Class 10 correspondence course student in the state's toppers list, which it had earlier failed to do, an official said Saturday.
The board of secondary education in the state had named 22 students of various private and government high schools in its list of toppers last Wednesday.
But Pravas Kumar Sahu, who secured 708 out of 750 marks, did not find his name in the list that had three others with the same score. The boy had taken the examination as a correspondence course student, as his school, Rtapalli Vidya Pitha, is not recognised by the government.
Sahu had requested the board to consider his inclusion. After examining his application, it has revised the topper list and he is now placed in the sixth position of the list, a senior board official told IANS.
The Rtapalli Vidya Pitha, located at Kanan Vihar in the state capital, is a free residential, Oriya-medium school run by non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Established on Aug 15, 1997, the school has a good academic record with a majority of students securing first division.
The state government also declared that from now on all deserving students of the correspondence course would also figure in the toppers list.
(Source: IANS News)