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Visually impaired, Divya scores 88.4%, wants to be a history lecturer

An achiever in sports, she put in a stellar performance at the recent 18th National Para Athletics Championship in Panchkula in March this year, winning two golds and a silver.

education Updated: May 27, 2018 14:38 IST
Parina Sood
Parina Sood
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Divya was in Class 9 when she started losing her vision.
Divya was in Class 9 when she started losing her vision.(HT Photo)

Facing near-total visual impairment, 18-year-old Divya, daughter of a driver and studying at the Institute for Blind, is not letting anything come in the way of her success. A national level athlete, she has also managed a score of 88.4% in the Class 12 CBSE board exam in humanities.

In Class 9 when she started losing her vision, Divya found the going somewhat tough when she joined the institute. However, with the support of her teachers and parents, she learnt Braille and coped with studies.

An achiever in sports, she put in a stellar performance at the recent 18th National Para Athletics Championship in Panchkula in March this year, winning two golds and a silver.

“Divya excels in everything she does. We were heartbroken when doctors in PGI told us that by the age of 14, she will almost lose her sight. But that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her goals”, says her mother, Amanjit Kaur, a homemaker.

Born with a defect in her retina that eventually leads to constriction of nerves around it, Divya, who was assisted by a writer in the exam, wants to become a history lecturer and will be seeking admission to Panjab University soon.

Fifteen students wrote the Class 12 boards this year. The first three positions were bagged by girls.

The Institute has surpassed its previous year’s Class 12 result by 8.2%. “This is a big leap. The credit for this success goes to our entire team. Use of modern technology and new-age assistive devices have helped a lot. My students may lack sight, but they don’t lack vision”, opines JS Jyara, principal of the institute.

Battling blood clots in brain

Tushar Kalra, 17, from Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, Chandigarh, scored 91.6% in commerce stream despite blood clots in his brain. He was immobile for a long time after he met with a road accident in November, 2017. He also suffered from excruciating headaches, which made studying all the more difficult for him. “I was thinking of dropping the year, but my family and teachers motivated me to take the board exams,” he said. Talking about his preparation schedule, he said, “I took tuitions for accounts and economics. I studied the rest of subjects a day before the exams.”

Financial restraints did not stop him from dreaming

Salman, 19, from St John’s School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, scored 90.8% in medical stream. His father, Anish Ahmad works as a carpenter and his mother, Firoza Parveen is a homemaker. Salman, who credits his success to his parents and teachers, said, “I used to study for seven to eight hours daily.” He said he played basketball and football to relax and unwind from the usual monotony of his school life. He wants to get admitted in Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, to become a neurologist or a cardiologist.