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Poor vision doesn’t stop him from eyeing dream college

He may have only 25 per cent of his vision intact, but Anuj Goel (17) has eyes firmly set on the college of his dreams.

education Updated: Jun 04, 2009 13:48 IST
Ritika Chopra
Ritika Chopra
Hindustan Times

He may have only 25 per cent of his vision intact, but Anuj Goel (17) has eyes firmly set on the college of his dreams. Goel—with 96.6 per cent the all-India CBSE topper in the physically challenged category—wants to get admission in the best college for commerce education: Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

On Tuesday, the topper made a trip to Delhi University (DU) and picked up an application form. And with 99 per cent marks in mathematics, 98 in Business Studies and 97 in Accountancy, he is quite sure of making it to the course (Bcom Honours) and college of his choice.

The 17-year-old, a student of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Shalimar Bagh, has been extremely myopic (nearsighted) and also nystagmic (he experiences persistent, rapid and involuntary movement of the eyeball, usually from side to side) since birth. 75 per cent of his vision has been lost.

But he overcame all odds and topped the country in the physically challenged category last month. “I have always had this dream of studying in SRCC. I’ll also apply to Hindu, Hansraj and Kirori Mal College. But with my results, I think I should get through the college of my preference,” said Goel, while getting himself registered at Dean Students’ Welfare office, DU.

The chances, in fact, do seem quite bright as he, in all probability, is the highest scoring physically challenged applicant to Delhi University, ever.

“I am pretty sure that he is the highest we’ve ever had. And SRCC has 13 seats for Bcom (H) under the PH quota. So securing admission should not be a problem for him,” said Seema Parihar, deputy dean of student's welfare. Goel is looking forward to a completely different way of studying.

“My method of studying will have to change now. Earlier, I used to hold the book really close to my eyes to be able to study. Colleges in Delhi University use Java software. SRCC will soon have its students using laptops in class. I have started taking computer lessons already to get used to these changes,” he said.

First Published: Jun 04, 2009 13:46 IST