Viraj Gadhavi cannot see the world around him but that did not prevent from chasing his dreams. With his determination and will power he pass with flying colors in 10th board exams scoring 77% and topping in all over Gujarat state amongst visually impaired appearing for exam.
Viraj a student of Sankul School and Resource Center was suffering from glaucoma and started losing the vision and lost it totally when he was in 7th standrad. After that he left his studies for three years and then took admission in Sankul School and resource Center in 2019 as an external student. He took the exam with the help of a scribe and scored 384 out of 500.
Raised in a joint family, he got all the support needed to overcome the challenges he faced since childhood. His father played an important role in his education journey and kept on motivating him. He studied for 7-8 hours a day using Angel Daisy player to listen to audio books provided by Sankul School and also used android phone to search reading material on internet.
He was a residential student of Sankul and got all possible support from teachers in terms of teaching on regular basis to solving his queries. The teachers made him solve last 5 years exam papers. On the request of principal, Sankul provided the facility of extra tutor needed which helped him to clear the difficult subject like science.
Viraj’s class 10 scorecard reads: Gujarati – 83, English – 76, Science – 73, Social studies -78, Hindi – 74. Other than studies he is very much fond of playing chess.
Interested in civil services, Viraj now wants to make a mark in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) or Indian Information Service (IIS). Sankul school principal said that his teachers and family thought it best to allow him to pursue studies in a field of his choice. He would join 11th Arts and then continue to go for graduation to fulfill his dreams of becoming an IAS officer.
His daily routine was almost the same as of any normal teenager. He went to school and attended classes with his classmates. The only difference was that while other students wrote notes in their copies, Viraj recorded them in Angel Daisy player.
He said “I never took any coaching classes. It was my teachers who would read out my lessons for me during extra hours in school”.