Students’ dreams overcome disability hurdle

Eighteen-year-old Prashant Gupta aims to become a Chartered Accountant.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 28, 2013 1:03 am

Eighteen-year-old Prashant Gupta aims to become a Chartered Accountant. While his interests vary from studying accounts to playing chess,Prashant says that he has never let anything get in the way of achieving his goal of becoming a CA. Scoring a 91 per cent in Class XII was another step in that direction.

Prashant is one among many students who have not let their disability restrict them from excelling in academics.

Suffering from a bone disease — polyostotic fibrous dysplasia — that has led to orthopaedic disability,Prashant wants to make it to one of the top colleges in Delhi University. “I will be applying to DU. If I do not make it to a good college,I plan to get a graduate degree through distance learning. My focus is,and has always been,on becoming a CA,” Prashant,a student of Amity International School in Noida,says.

Preparations for Board exams had begun when he took up commerce in Class XI. “I have been taking private tuitions since I was in Class XI. I have always had the support of my family but my school made arrangements to ensure that I did not face any difficulties. My classes were shifted to the ground floor since I have difficulty climbing stairs,” he says.

Diwakar Sharma,a student of Delhi Public School,RK Puram,scored 90.8 per cent,despite 100 per cent visual impairment. Now,he wants to study in Delhi University.

Diwakar’s interests have always revolved around music. Dabbling in classical music since he was four,Diwakar went on to participate and win several music competitions — including the Zee Little Champs in 2006. “He is a gifted child. He had participated in Indian Idol last year. While he cleared one or two rounds,he could not go for the other rounds because of school work,” Diwakar’s mother says.

Owing to the slew of performances every month,Diwakar says that he was not able to attend classes regularly. “It was tough to juggle music and studies,especially with Class XII exams looming ahead. Now,I can combine passion for music and studies as I plan to take up Music (Honours) in DU,” he says.

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