Despite being differently-abled, 16-year old Shirur boy, Vitthal Khandekar, is determined to face challenges and fulfil his dream of becoming an IT professional. He took a step closer to his dream by achieving 74 per cent in the SSC board examination this year.Khandekar came to Pune in 2010, following a failed operation in which he lost his ability to walk properly. He got admitted to the Apang Kalyankari Sanstha that works for the empowerment of differently-abled children from economically weaker sections.
“This Sanstha has helped me a lot. The teachers and the staff here make us feel like we are at home. They never let us feel that we are different or not capable of doing certain things. They boost my confidence greatly, “Khandekar said.
About the preparations for the board examination, Khandekar said that he dedicated about four hours per day for his studies.
“I prepared for most of the subjects on my own. I was a little weak in subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science for which special coaching classes were organised. Apart from that they invited several speakers to motivate us, “he added.
According to Khandekar, the special e-learning sessions that the Sanstha provided, helped improve his understanding of certain subjects.
He had undertaken tailoring classes in the Sanstha because he has a passion for fashion designing, however, he does not wish to make a career out of it.
Khandekar, who is pursuing commerce at the Abasaheb Garware College of Commerce, wants to pursue higher education in computer applications.
“We were given computer training at the Sanstha and I appeared for the MS-CIT examination. I scored 89 in the exam, “he said.
Source : sakaaltimes.com