“Their fingers have eyes. Their ears have vision. Their hearts have courage. Their lives are full of zeal. They are deprived of physical vision, yet their inner vision is fair and realistic  & Self Confidence is greater than any deficiency in the body.”  says H H Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.

They believed that the loss of sight doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of your goals, that blindness is no reason to slow down.They are none other than the Netra Vidyalaya students from JIVA ashram.

What’s great about these Netra Vidyalaya students?

For the first time ever, visually impaired students are a part of the Republic Day parade in Telangana. Fifty students, 26 girls and 24 boys from the Netra Vidyalaya Junior and Degree College have been chosen for this honour.

Participation in the parade is a great challenge for the visually challenged and coordination is a greater achievement. The students had earlier taken part in the 70th National NCC Day Parade and awed everyone with their synchronized walking routine and received appreciations from NCC Deputy Director Air Commodore N N Reddy, Air War Fare Commandant Sriman S K Jha and other Navy and Army officers.

But that didn’t stop them from achieving the goals they had set out for themselves. And this makes them stand out in the history books because they serve as proof that disabilities is not an excuse for not fully living your life or achieving your dreams.

Netra Vidyalaya Jr. & Degree College Visually Challenged students got selected to participate in 70th Republic Day parade conducted by Telangana Government and College of Air Warfare.

With their vigorous practice and dedication, they performed the amazing parade and offered the Salute to the Governor Sriman E.S.L  Narasimhan.

When the parade was passing through a standing ovation was given by the Telangana Chief Minister Sriman K Chandra Sekhar Rao, Chief Secretary of Telangana Sriman Shailender Kumar Jhoshi  IAS, Joint Secretary Protocol Sriman Arvinder Singh IAS, Air Warfare Commandant S.K. Jha, Wing Commander Sriman Srinivasa Rao and other dignitaries who were there.

The Contingent Commandant Y Anjamma received the appreciation trophy from the Governor Sriman E.S.L Narasimhan.

Students are equally excellent in co-curricular activities such as Sports, Games, and Cultural Activities as well as Academics.

They cannot see the world like we all do. But, they turned the eyes of the entire world towards them!

Here’s a glimpse of what the world says about their courage, will power and above all – the inspiration Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji!

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