The students of Institute for Blind excelled in the Class 12 Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) results with 100% pass rate this year. A total of 14 visually impaired students, including 5 girls, excelled in the examination.
Unlike last year, two among the three top seats this year have been bagged by girls. Jasneet Kaur topped the charts with 87.1%, while Anuj Sharma stood second with 84.4 % and Himani Mohindroo bagged the third position with 83.5%. This year the children have managed to procure the first division. Five students have managed to score above 80% marks and nine above 70%.
Jasneet, a resident of Ambala, gave the credit for her success to her Punjabi teacher. She said, "I thank my Punjabi teacher Gursharan, who has always showered endless love and lent support to me. I want to be a teacher like her. I am very fortunate that I have a loving family, who has supported me throughout. I think nothing is impossible and one should not surrender to the hurdles faced in life."
Meanwhile, Himani's mother, Rita Mohindroo said that her daughter left studies five years ago after both her kidneys stopped functioning, but never gave up. "Himani was in Class 10 when she suffered the major health blow, forcing her to drop out from school, but with her strong will and endless determination, she managed to return to her school last year after her kidney transplant in PGI. My daughter always looks for opportunities to get back to studies," added Rita. According to school officials, Himani was a school topper before she faced poor health.
"As soon as Himani was operated last year, she expressed her eagerness to study again. I want to sincerely thank the school authorities for cooperating with us and for encouraging her at every stage. She wants to be a teacher," said Rita.
Chairman of Institute of Blind, Major General Rajendra Nath (retd), said that the students were given best possible facilities in the school. "We work on their overall development and these special kids have all the potential to serve the world with their fruitful services. I congratulate them for their achievements," Nath added.
The institute is now affiliated with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and thus its students will appear in CBSE board exams this year onwards.