Fighting against all odds
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.