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Spl students defy odds to shine in HS exams

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 26 - Overcoming all challenges, a number of differently-abled students of Assam have shone in the Higher Secondary Final Examination conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council.

Altogether 26 students took the HS Final Examination from North East College for Hearing Impaired, a pioneering higher educational institutions for the differently-abled. Eight secured first division and 17 secured second division. The first division holders are Gautam Baishya, Jaynal Abedin, Madhurjya Borgohain, Naba Pratim Borah, Sanjib Das, Pompi Kumari, Shabana Khatun and Snigdha Rajbongshi.

The institution, run by the Assam Association of Deaf, is located in the Birubari area of the city. �Every year our students score good marks in the higher secondary examination by defying all physical challenges. We are very proud of them. But for these students to continue with higher education, there is an urgent need for an Indian sign language institute in Assam,� Tapan Sarma, general secretary of the association said.

In other parts of the State, differently-abled students scored good marks in the examination even from mainstream institutions. Lalbar Ali, a 100 per cent blind student, who secured first division in the examination, said, �I studied higher secondary in the Arts stream at Paradhora Higher Secondary School, Nalbari and wrote the examination with the help of a scribe. I want to pursue higher education at Cotton University and want to be an ACS officer.�

Lalbar said his teachers used to record the proceedings of every class so that he could revise the lesson at home. Son of a farmer, Lalbar wants to pursue BA with Assamese as major.

Arup Das, another 100 per cent blind student who appeared from Solmara Higher Secondary School, Nalbari in the Arts stream and secured first division, said he wants to be a music teacher. �I learned music during my high school days at Guwahati Blind School and performed at some functions too. My father is a dhulia, so I want to continue his legacy of practising music,� Arup said.

Prabal Barman, another 100 per cent blind student from the same school, also secured first division. A student of the Arts stream, Prabal wants to be an academician.

General secretary of the Assam Pratibandhi Suraksha Sanstha Nripen Malakar congratulated the successful students and said he would try his best to help them.

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