Yashveer Goyal of Bathinda was born on August 5, 1999 with disabilities of hearing and speaking, but he has now left behind many of his ‘normal’ companions in class 12 Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) exam results, declared on May 13.
Yashveer alias Yashu topped in Mahatma Hans Raj Memorial Senior Secondary School (MHRMSSS) in humanities subjects by scoring 387 marks out of 450. He did not join any special school and did his studies along with other students.
Apart from hearing and speaking disabilities, Yashveer suffers from various congenital deformities (birth defects) but has never allowed them to hinder his studies. He had also scored 92% and 81% marks in board exams of class 5 and 10th in year 2009 and 2014 respectively.
Yashveer’s father Chander Parkash said that things changed when Yashveer, in 2007, came under the guidance of lecturer Rajneesh Bhardwaj in the school, who taught him lip reading.
Rajneesh said, “Yashveer has now become an expert in lip reading and uses this skill during his classes and interaction with other people. Despite so many problems, Yashveer is as normal as any other child. He has a strong willpower and a lot of patience. He is never frustrated by his disabilities and is at peace with himself.”
“I have very high expectations from Yashveer. He grasps things very quickly and has a strong memory,” Rajneesh added.
Despite the academic achievements, Yashveer also has interest in sports. He is a member of school badminton team and participated in number of contests along with ‘‘normal’’ players. He also has a good collection of stamps, rare coins and currency notes.
His mother, Neetu Goyal, said, ‘‘We wanted Yashveer to go along with normal children of his age group.
‘‘That is why we did not admit him in any special school and he fulfilled our expectations by competing with other students regardless of all difficulties.” Now, Yashveer is aiming to do a degree in law.