Fight­ing against all odds

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Iam from a lower mid­dle-class fam­ily liv­ing Jhark­hand. My fa­ther is farmer and my mother works as a teacher in a govern­ment school. When I was in school, it was very dif­fi­cult for me to at­tend reg­u­lar classes. Be­cause I am phys­i­cally chal­lenged, I needed some­one to ac­com­pany me to class ev­ery day but that was get­ting to be dif­fi­cult for my fam­ily. As my school days were com­ing to an end, my fam­ily and I were get­ting anx­ious about my fu­ture stud­ies. Dur­ing my fi­nal ex­ams, KP Ya­dav, a co­or­di­na­tor from Ignou’s study cen­tre came as an in­vig­i­la­tor. I got to know about Ignou from him, about its pro­grammes and flex­i­bil­ity. That’s when I de­cided to choose Ignou for my fur­ther stud­ies. ‘Meri parhai ko ek nahi umeed mil gayi…’ I missed not be­ing in a reg­u­lar col­lege but I was on my own and I had a lot of flex­i­bil­ity for my stud­ies and ex­ams.

While do­ing my bach­e­lor’s course, I re­alised Ignou is a very good source of learn­ing for peo­ple of all seg­ments. With the sup­port of my fam­ily and co­op­er­a­tion of my teach­ers, I got the first rank in BDP all over In­dia and won Pro­fes­sor Grover’s award.

Af­ter this, the vice chan­cel­lor con­trib­uted in tak­ing my ca­reer one step ahead and as­signed me as a com­puter op­er­a­tor at Ignou’s study cen­tre to gain some hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence. Cur­rently, I am do­ing mas­ter of arts in Hindi. If I have any dif­fi­culty, the teach­ers are there to help me. They are very co­op­er­a­tive, and only be­cause of them I am able to do my post­grad­u­a­tion. How­ever, the self read­ing ma­te­rial is suf­fi­cient for me.

Apart from study­ing, I like paint­ing and singing. My only aim is to be­come self de­pen­dent and ed­uca- tion is the only tool that can help me achieve this. Credit goes to my teach­ers and fam­ily for my achieve­ments. I know I will have to strug­gle but I am pre­pared. I was born this way but I am no less than oth­ers. In fact, this hand­i­cap has given me power to fol­low my dreams, and my mother made me re­alise that I am not a bur­den. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been en­rich­ing. Right now, I am man­ag­ing life as a stu­dent, em­ployee, and civil ser­vices as­pi­rant due to the flex­i­bil­ity of the open learn­ing sys­tem.

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