Young man who lost limbs in bid to save children battles all odds to score 79.25% in ISC Class 12 exams
ISC 2017: 20-year-old Riyaz Ahmed has scored 79.2% despite losing both arms and his right leg in a rail accident while saving five childreneducation Updated: May 31, 2017 15:09 IST
Lucknow You have to hand it to Riyaz Ahmed. Fourteen years after losing his hands and right leg while saving five children playing on a railway track unmindful of an approaching train in 2003, this 20-year-old has battled all odds to secure an overall percentage of 79.25% in the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination this year.
Ahmed, who has practised the art of writing with his toes, scored 99 in Hindi and 92 in English, said Vineeta Kamran, principal of the City Montessori School (CMS) Kanpur Road branch. He had to engage a writer for the ISC examination due to the need for speed in the test.
“I am glad that all my hard work and my teachers’ efforts paid off. My self-belief and my family’s support helped me overcome hardship,” Ahmed told HT.
Winner of the National Bravery Award as a child, he has not let his special needs stop him from leading a normal life and interact with his peers, said his father Mohammad Ahmed, a daily wage labourer.
“He is a humble and disciplined student, always smiling and taking part as far as possible in all school activities. Never once did he boast about being a National Bravery Award winner,” said Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, president and chief operating officer of CMS.
His teachers ensured Ahmed was not given special treatment in school and this enabled him to live without self-pity, Kamran said.
“His determination inspired all of us to help him with his studies,” she said.
Impressed by Ahmed’s determination to improve his live, Francis Fanthome, the then secretary of ISC, felt the young man deserved a proper education.
City Montessori School founder-manager Jagdish Gandhi ensured that Riyaz was educated at CMS free of cost from the Montessori standard (nursery) to Class 12.
“CMS took care of all my education needs and meals,” Ahmed added.