PUNE: Two visually impaired former students, Sonam Sakhare and Nishant Shah of Hindi department in Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) were recruited as language officers in Coal India in Bilaspur.
Sakhare recalls her telephonic conversation with the recruiters: “They told I was the first visually impaired candidate recruited in a government-run company.”
Sakhare belongs to a farmer’s family in Chandrapur taluka. She gave the entire credit of her success to her mother and grandmother who has helped her complete the education.
Sakhare said, “A part of my success is also because of the efforts made by Hindi department to provide skill-based training for employment to students. Head of Hindi Department, Sadanand Bhosale would guide us on how to use new techniques as an opportunity of income.”
She is also preparing for competitive exams.
Even Shah, who by birth is visually impaired and has a vision of 2 to 3 per cent only achieved to get a position in the company. Shah was working with Bank of Maharashtra as a State language officer. He would help his fellow colleagues and students in Hindi department and guide them about several opportunities available for them.
Both believe that determination and willpower is the key to success.
For past few years, the Hindi Department of SPPU has been providing employment generating training under which students from all walks of life including those with complete visually impaired and partially visually impaired have been participating.