The Agardanga High Madrasah in Katwa’s Ketugram has become the talk of the district as three of its girl students have shared the district topper ranks in the West Bengal High Madrasah examinations 2019. Burdwan (East) accommodates 31 High Madrasah institutions and three senior madrasahs and most of these are operating in Katwa subdivision of the district.

This year, 1800 students had appeared from the district from three examination centres and 1125 of them were girls.

Mohammed Ali Hossen Midya, secretary, Madrassa Teachers and Non-Teaching Employees Union, said: “Among the examinees who appeared, 935 girls and 580 boys qualified from the district this year.” He added: “The performance of the Agardanga Madrasah girls was overwhelming.” Mr Midya is a teacher of Paraj High Madrasah.

Three girl candidates of Agardanga High Madrasah — Arpita Saha, Sathi Modak and Piupiya Saha — are in the spotlight as they shared the second and third ranks in the district. Arpita scored 739 in aggregate and Sathi and Piupiya shared third rank as both scored 730.

Rahel Sheikh of Panchpara High Madrasah in Katwa scored 745 in aggregate and was identified as the district topper. Munshi Islam of Pubar Regional Madrasah in Ausgram scored 706 and finished fourth in the district this year.

Mohammed Hasmat Ali Shah, also of Ausgram, had appeared in the Madrasah exam from Sammiloni High Madrassa in Bankura and shared the second rank with Abu Daud Pakhira of the same Sammiloni Madrasah as both scored 757 in aggregate.

Hasmat’s father is engaged as Imam of a mosque at Papuri village in Nanur block in Birbhumm while Daud’s father is a mason. Daud said his inspiration was his maternal uncle, a Madrassa passout who is an MBBS doctor now.

Sartaz Ali Lashkar of the same Sammiloni Madrassa scored 749 and ranked seventh in the state. He hails from Goalbati village in Howrah.