Like most newcomers in Delhi University, Sagar Gera was also excited and nervous on the first day of college last year — excited because his dream of pursuing BCom (hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) had been realised, and nervous wondering what his classmates’ reaction would be after seeing him.
An alumnus of Apeejay School at Sheikh Sarai, Gera suffers from a muscle disorder which has kept him confined to a wheelchair since childhood. He did not face any teething troubles at SRCC as his classmates and teachers opened their hearts for him. He needn’t have worried — his physical condition has never come in the way of his goals. Excelling in academics consistently, Gera scored 93% in his Class 12 exams and was among the toppers in Delhi in the special category last year.
After spending a year in his favourite college and course, Gera is working hard to reach the next step — cracking the chartered accountancy exam in November this year.
He travels to college from his Malviya Nagar home in South Delhi and makes it a point not to miss classes. As far as the facilities at the college are concerned, Gera says things are on track. “The college has ramps which makes it easier to move around. My car is allowed in so I can go for classes on the ground floor. Food, water facilities and the library are also located near the classroom. There are separate toilets for the differently-abled, as well. The canteen, however, is on the first floor and though the elevators have been installed, these are not functional yet,” he says.
Gera also thanks the dean, students’ welfare department for helping him in various ways. “I didn’t have to run from pillar to post to fill up forms. I also get one hour extra and a writer for the exams,” he says. College life is going great for this bright and gutsy young man. “Our batch is full of toppers and there’s healthy competition among us. I like the company of intelligent people,”he adds.