Completely blind HP University student cracks JRF in general category with minimum facilities
SHIMLA – A completely blind student of Himachal Pradesh University has created history. Umesh Lubana (22) pursuing M.A. (Pol. Sc.) has become the first blind candidate of Himachal Pradesh to qualify Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Test conducted by UGC. He cleared the test in general category.
Hailing from a Kolar, a remote villege in district Sirmour, Himachal, Umesh gives credit of his success to his teachers, mother Kamlesh Kumari, father Daljeet Singh and class fellows who support him on every step. He also thanked those students who work as amanuensis for him in writing examinations. He said,
After passing out class 9th, I was totally in dark. I thought that it was not possible for a blind student to continue his education. That time, Dinesh Sood, a teacher of Shamsher High School, Nahan became a messiha for me and with his motivation I continued my study.
On the other, Dinesh Sood, is all praise for Umesh.
He secured 81 percent marks both in 10th and 12th class and 74 percent in B.A. He is topper in 1st Semester of M.A. Political Science. In his first attempt in December last, he qualified UGC NET and now JRF, said Dinesh
Prof. Ramesh Chauhan, chairman, department of Political Science and members of the Foundation congratulated him and celebrated Umesh Lubana’s sucess and distributed sweets.
Prof. Ramesh Chauhan said that Umesh has proved that no dream is too big. He and another teacher Bharti Sharma appreciated his talent and hard work and said,
Umesh makes full use of information technology and prepare his notes using Laptop in the class room. He is a source of inspiration for others. His future is bright.
However, Umesh Lubana is disappointed with lack of facilities for disabled students. He admits how it exaggerated his difficulties, and said
There is no facility for the blind students in schools, colleges and Universities of the State. We need computers with talking software in the libraries along with digital books and other assistive devices. No college or University has subscribed to e- journals for us. We have to face not only difficulties but humiliation on every step.
The student is also associated with Umang Foundation, a trust working for the rights of disabled. Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation, had filed a petition after which the high court had directed the state government to provide free education to the disabled up to university, including in professional and vocational courses. The organization says that it will continue its fight for the protection of rights of the disabled in the state.