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Eye on goal, no looking back for hearing-impaired Prashant Mittal

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , June 20, 2014
First Published: 10:54 IST(20/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:00 IST(20/6/2014)

Prashant Mittal, an 18-year-old city student who has a hearing disability, secured first rank in the JEE (advanced) examination in the physically-disabled category, paving the way for him to get admission in one of the premier IITs.

His father, Rajesh, a local businessman, said Prashant was born with a hearing impairment and was using hearing aids since he was five years old.

Rajesh said, “During his early years in school, he was weak in studies and faced difficulty in even common tasks such as distinguishing colours.”

“We as parents were worried whether he would able to clear Class 10. However, from Class 9 onwards his performance began improving and after that there was no looking back,” he said.

“Many advised me not to let my son enroll in a non-medical course, but I had full confidence in him. Seeing him clearing JEE (advanced) today with a good score is truly a proud moment,” he said.

A student of FIITJEE, a coaching institute in the city, Prashant has an all-India open rank of 1731 but, since every university has seats reserved for the physically disabled, he is certain of getting admission in one of the top IITs.

Prashant, who is suffering from nearly 80% hearing disability said, “I’ll try to get admission in computer science at IIT, Delhi. I hit a low during the last two days but my family, friends and teachers constantly encouraged me and kept me motivated.”

About his future goals, Prashant aspires to become an IAS officer after completing his engineering degree.

“My uncle, an IAS officer posted in Tamil Nadu, is my inspiration. I’ll definitely try for the civil services,” Prashant said.

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