Visually impaired Haryanvi`s IAS dream fulfilled

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 18:49

Chandigarh: At the age of 5 years, he lost
his vision due to acute diarrhoea but that did not stop him
from living his dream of becoming an IAS officer.

The journey has been far from smooth for 32-year-old
gritty Ajit Kumar from nondescript Kheri village in south
Haryana`s Mahendergarh district, over 150km from Delhi who has
cracked the Civil Services Exam.

"I am very happy today. My dream has been fulfilled. I am
packing my bags and will be off to Mussorie this week where I
will undergo training from February 19," Kumar, who is only
the second in the country with total loss of vision to get
into IAS, said on Thursday.

His life-journey bears striking resemblance with
26-year-old Sukhsohit Singh, a Panchkula resident in Haryana
who became the first thalassemic in the country to make it to
the UPSC examinations in 2008.

Like Kumar, Sukhsohit also had to fight not only the
odds he faced on health grounds but also had to fight the
system after he was declared unfit by a medical board due to
his blood disorder condition.

Ajit`s brother Amar Singh said it was Kumar`s steely grit Visually impaired Haryanvi`s IAS dream fulfilled

Chandigarh: At the age of 5 years, he lost
his vision due to acute diarrhoea but that did not stop him
from living his dream of becoming an IAS officer.

The journey has been far from smooth for 32-year-old
gritty Ajit Kumar from nondescript Kheri village in south
Haryana`s Mahendergarh district, over 150km from Delhi who has
cracked the Civil Services Exam.

"I am very happy today. My dream has been fulfilled. I am
packing my bags and will be off to Mussorie this week where I
will undergo training from February 19," Kumar, who is only
the second in the country with total loss of vision to get
into IAS, said on Thursday.

His life-journey bears striking resemblance with
26-year-old Sukhsohit Singh, a Panchkula resident in Haryana
who became the first thalassemic in the country to make it to
the UPSC examinations in 2008.

Like Kumar, Sukhsohit also had to fight not only the
odds he faced on health grounds but also had to fight the
system after he was declared unfit by a medical board due to
his blood disorder condition.

Ajit`s brother Amar Singh said it was Kumar`s steely grit
which helped him achieve his aim.

"When he was about 5 years old, he suffered acute
diarrhoea and lost vision in both eyes. Despite meagre
resources, we got him checked at many places including Delhi
and Jaipur but doctors ruled that his blindness was total
and could not be cured," said Amar Singh, a school teacher at
Kheri village bordering Rajasthan, said.

Kumar`s father Rampath Singh retired as a Block
Development and Panchayat Officer while mother, who never went
to school, is a housewife, said Amar Singh, adding they are a
total of five brothers and one sister.

He said a spiritual man in the village, known to the
family, had insisted that Kumar should get education despite
the odds he faced.

"Even after admitting him in a school in Delhi, we had to
bring him back because our mother resisted the move. Again,
the spiritual guru known to us insisted that he must be taken
back, after which Kumar was admitted to a school in Karol
Bagh. Later, he took admission in Springdale School, Karol
Bagh, where he was the only blind studying, and topped in 9th
and 10th Class examinations," Singh said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 18:49

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