Assuming charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram district, Pranjal Patil, the country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer says, “Never Give Up.” Those words from the young woman who battled great odds can make every people motivated.
A girl from Ulhasnagar, a city in Maharashtra, she lost her vision at the age of six. But this did not stop the girl of her dreams from pursuing Civil Service examinations. She completed her graduation in political science with a master’s in International relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Being a determined and hard-working student she cracked the Union Public Services Examination on her first attempt with a rank of 773. But she was refused a job in the Indian Railways Accounts Service because she was visually challenged.
True to her words of never give up she cleared the exams in the next year and improved her ranking to 124. Patil was appointed Ernakulam Assistant Collector during her training period. “We should never be defeated. We should not give up. Because with all our efforts, we will definitely get that one breakthrough moment that we are waiting for,” says Pranjil Patil.
Blindness is just a challenge and never an end. Pranjil Patel is a motivation to many other visually challenged people who dream to achieve great things in life. We might have come across many such people in our life. There are some do’s that we should follow when we are with such visually challenged persons which are as follows.
- Do include them and be socially friendly.
- Do communicate clearly with them.
- Do raise their awareness of new technologies.
- Do lend a hand when needed.
- Do understand them.