Specially-abled students put up an all-round show

Prajakta Joshi
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

While the students from the city have passed the examination with flying colours, several of them had to overcome a greater challenge than the vast curriculum ahead of them.

PUNE: “I am partially blind. But since childhood, I have always known that I cannot let that come in the way of my success. I think that helped me achieve this feat,” said Krishna Raghuwanshi who passed the class X examination by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with 65.4 per cent marks.

While the students from the city have passed the examination with flying colours, several of them had to overcome a greater challenge than the vast curriculum ahead of them. Whether a physical disability or a learning difficulty, these students fought it all and came out victorious.

“My teachers and my mentors helped me at each stage of studying. I am about 30 per cent blind, so I can read. But I could not manage to read the whole novel that was a part of our English subject syllabus. So I turned to the audio clips of the novel available on YouTube,” Raghuwanshi said.

While he is not very sure of what career he wants to pursue, he loves biology.

For Mihika Garg, a student of City Pride School, Nigdi Pradhikaran, it was an unfortunate incident that threatened to cause trouble right before her favourite paper, Science.

“Because of a wrong eye drop liquid given by the chemist, my eyes were injured during the examination. I could not at all see for two hours, and for the two days leading up to the Science examination, I could not study. I still answered my Science examination, and scored 97 out of 100 in the subject,” said Garg whose overall percentage is 95.2.

“Instead of relying on last minute prep, I had taken the approach of studying throughout the year. I am thankful I studied around the year, as otherwise, I would have been lost. I wish to be a Robotic Engineer,” she added.

Parth Ustoorikar, a student of GG International School, who struggled with Muscular Dystrophy, said that all the credit for his success goes to his mother. 

“She helped me to study all the time and make the right choices. I dropped Mathematics and Social Sciences, and instead opted for Business Studies and Information Technology. Now, I will take admission for the Commerce stream. Simultaneously, I am learning graphic animation as well,” Ustoorikar who scored 79 per cent marks, said.

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