A visually challenged student proves that nothings stands as a hurdle when one is strongly determined.
Ambati Venkata Prem Swaroop has scored 82.87 percentile points in the Common Admission Test (CAT-2016). The test requires at least 60 percentile points for People With Disabilities (PWD) to get through.
Prem hails from Dharmavaram in Anantapur district. His parents A. Muralidhar and A. Hemalatha run a grocery store. At the age of eight, he lost his eyesight when high fever damaged his optic nerve. He was studying in Rural Development Trust earlier to joining our Nethra Vidyalaya Junior College and joined B.Com (Taxation) at Emerald’s Degree College, Tirupati. “I expect similar offers from Shillong, Amritsar and Indore campuses too”, he told The Hindu on Wednesday.
At Nethra Vidyalaya Junior College, he began to use JAWS (Job Access with Speech), a screen reader software meant for people with vision loss. This has helped him ‘listen’ to his academic content and supported in saving time. “Not just those guarding the border are soldiers. I want to be a soldier working for the cause of nation building,” he adds.
We congratulate him for standing as an example and wish him our very best!