Pune: No challenge is impossible to overcome if you put in the required effort. This has been proved by the HSC students in the city who have excelled in the board examinations this year despite disabilities.
A total of 5,374 students with disability from across the State appeared for the HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) examination this year, out of which 4,932, that is 91.78 per cent passed. The students included those with physical disabilities like visual, speech, auditory, ortho impairment and also the ones with dyslexia, cerebral palsy and autism. The number of students with dyslexia and blindness was highest at 1,157 and 1,053 respectively.
Speaking about his achievement, Kedar Kshirsagar, a visually impaired student at Niwant Andha Mukta Vikasalaya who scored 80.15 per cent in arts stream said, “Niwant has helped us a lot in studying by providing us with Braille and audiobooks that are not very easily available. Apart from what we learnt in college, we have learnt many things from coaching at Niwant. Now, I wish to pursue Bachelor of Arts (BA) and also study for the competitive examinations of UPSC and MPSC or banking.” Kedar, who studied at Fergusson College, has interest in political science and economics.
Another student at Niwant, Laxmi Shinde, who hails from Sangli said, “Apart from what I learnt in college and coaching class, I also made it a point to study regularly at the hostel every night. I also love running and dancing and pursued these activities throughout the year. Now, I aspire to do BA in economics and clear the banking examinations.”
Vanshika Joshi, a commerce student at SP College who walks with the help of caliper shoes as her left leg is shorter than the right scored 70.77 per cent. “I relied a lot on paper solving and problem-solving in accounts to keep revising the subject. I will go ahead with Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Masters in Commerce (MCom), and also prepare for banking examinations,” Vanshika said.