Visually Impaired Kupwara Youth Qualifies JRF Exam, Says Hard Work Changes Destiny

Kupwara, November 13: A 24-year old youth from North Kashmir’s Kupwara district has qualified for the recently held Junior research fellow exam despite being visually impaired.

Hailing from Sogam Lolab belt of district, Ayoub earned his schooling from a local government school, where he always topped his class with huge percentage. “My participation was not conferred to academics only, i used to take part in quiz competitions and other school activities as well”, Ayoub said.

Ayoub said his parents never let his blindness come in the way of his education as they provided him with every assistance he needed to continue his studies.

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“During my early studies I was somehow able to sight, read and write things, but with the passage of time, I start losing my vision slightly, now I am at the stage, where I’m able to read or write, because I have almost lost the power of vision,” he said.

Fascination with flying began when Ayoub after completing his bachelor’s in political science went to completed his masters from Aligarh Muslim University.

While narrating his success, Ayoub said qalifying JRF is not something he achieved alone as he believes the professors at AMU have major contributions in his success. “The seniors also played a critical role, in my career, they guided me through the entire journey of JRF,” he added.

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Ayoub’s brother Khazir Mohammad don’t want to highlight his brothers achievement to get any aid from government, but he want to showcase his achievement.

Ayoub said, “specially-abled students particularly those who are visually impaired are considered as a liability but I want to tell people that if anyone sets his target, disability can’t be a hurdle in achieving his or her goal in life,” he said.

Ayoub said that the government should give some attention to these students and provide better platforms of higher education. “I am not asking for any donation or aid but government should not make these (specially-abled) students a liability,” he said.(KNS).

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