MUMBAI: Unnat Dave, 16, could choose to use a writer to help him solve the papers. As a child with cerebral palsy, it was difficult for him to answer papers within the stipulated time.
However, he did not want help. He scored 93% (9.8 CGPA).
“In his previous exams, he had missed out on attempting the entire paper due to his speed, so in class IX and X, he made sure he improved,” said Purvi Dave, his mother.
A student of Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri (W), Unnat attends class regularly and is a bright student.
He has the support of his family, his principal, teachers and the school counsellor Aruna Banthia, to help him chase his dream. “What makes us proud is that he never gives up,” said Nikhil Dave, his father.
With an interest in physics, chemistry and mathematics, Unnat plans to pursue engineering. He needs to attend regular physiotherapy sessions to straighten his legs, which will continue for at least three-four years.
“We are planning to shift to state board in class XI and XII, because that will give him more time to focus on his physiotherapy. He plans to appear for JEE as well as MH-CET,” said his mother.