City shuttler Ritika Thaker appears for Standard X paper in Berlin

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Mar 2017 09:57:02

By Anupam Soni

IN A first of its kind, young and promising city shuttler, Ritika Thaker, appeared for one of her ICSE board papers in Berlin, Germany, while representing the nation in an international event.
The talented player had been selected in the Indian squad for the Dutch Open and the German Junior Championship to be held in The Netherlands and Germany respectively from March 1 to 12.

Ritika and her Mumbai partner Simran Singhi, also a class X student of Ryan International, Malad, were allowed to write their English language paper at Indian Embassy in Berlin on March 10. They appeared for the paper three hours before their match. Though the No. 1 ranked pair in U-17 category in India lost the match there was a big reason to celebrate.
Ritika’s parents were apprehensive of sending her to the international meet as it was clashing with the Board examinations. However, the school management, ICSE Council, Badminton Association of India, and Indian Embassy officials pulled off perfect coordination to save one academic year for the shutters.

With so many institutions involved, it was really a huge surprise that the duo was allowed to appear for the paper in another nation.
“We always criticise the system for its failure. But this is a perfect example of co-ordination of various agencies towards a single goal,” said a happy and relaxed Rahul Thaker, father of Ritika, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’.

When Rahul decided to send Ritika for the tournament the father-daughter duo was mentally prepared for loss of one academic year as the English paper was on March 10, clashing with the tournament date.
“I just wanted to check whether she can appear for her papers in Berlin. I had come to know that ICSE allows ill students to appear for paper in hospitals. I thought, at least, I will try to check whether it was possible for Ritika to write her paper in Berlin.

“There were two channels and a host of institutions involved in the process. I requested the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) through The Chanda Devi Saraf School and Junior College Principal Kenneth Mendonca and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) through Nagpur District Badminton Association (NDBA), Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) and finally Badminton Association of India (BAI),” Thaker said.

The same process was followed by Ritika’s partner Simran. The ICSE Council responded in affirmative and the BAI and SAI also got into action, co-ordinating things with the foreign ministry to conduct the exams at Indian Embassy in Berlin. All theses agencies worked in tandem and the papers were couriered to the embassy. The children were able to appear for the exams at the embassy.

“I had asked Ritika to take notes along with her on the tour and she was ready for the examination. The written papers were then mailed back to the ICSE,” said Thaker.
“I take this opportunity to thank all those involved in getting the job done and special thanks to Director of CDS Nisha Saraf and NDBA for taking the initiative,” Thaker said.
Efforts of all the agencies involved must be praised as they not only saved one academic year of two budding sportspersons but also for setting a precedent that may encourage parents to let their wards attend top international events without the loss of academic years.
Ritika will be back in the city to appear for her second paper on March 15.