Neelam Khattar was one happy mother on Monday. She could barely control her tears when she got the news that her daughter Ambika Khattar has topped the Delhi region in specially-abled category with 83.8 per cent marks in the humanities stream from DPS,RK Puram.
Neelam had quit her job with Standard Chartered bank in 1999 to take care of her visually impaired daughter. I knew from the beginning that my daughter was specially abled and would make it big one day, said Neelam.
Ambika was also the Class X Delhi topper in the same category. The 20-year-old now has her eyes set firmly on the college of her dreams the prestigious St Stephens College of Delhi University.
I want study History (Hons) at St Stephens. I was jumping with joy when I got the news. I was expecting to be the topper as I had also topped in Class X. My efforts have paid off. I am very grateful to my parents and my teachers who were always by my side whenever I needed help, she said.
Ambika got 83.8 per cent marks in humanities 81 in history,82 in English and 83 in psychology and 95 in sociology and is quite hopeful of securing admission in St Stephens.
Ambika,who is 100 per cent visually impaired,used to study six to seven hours every day using a special talking software JAWS. I used to upload NCERT e-books and extra notes into the software and then Ambika used to study by listening to the tapes, said Neelam Khattar.
Ambika was quite involved in extra-curricular activities as well. She was culture club secretary in DPS,RK Puram. She was also among top 10 students selected in a junior radio jockey hunt.
Music is my passion. I had won the Khoj super gayak ki contest organised by Sadhna Channel, said Ambika.
Ambikas father Vinod Khattar said,This is a big achievement for my daughter. Those like my daughter who are specially-abled need encouragement from the society and not sympathy. I also want to thank school authorities who have always supported and encouraged Ambika.
(The reporter is on an internship with The Indian Express)