GUWAHATI, Nov 9 � Dipankar Barman, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Bapujee College � who is visually-challenged � has won the AOF Young Achiever�s Award from the eastern region. He is among five such individuals chosen from the country.
A student of Guwahati Blind School, Basistha, Dipankar later did his Master�s degree in Political Science from the Gauhati University and LLB from the same university. He also obtained national scholarship for students with disability from the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in year 2005-06. He was also a member of the committee on Course and Studies of Department of Disabilities Studies, GU.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Dipankar said that lack of eyesight had never been a hindrance for him in his pursuance of his goal and that he also received cooperation from all concerned, including his family members, peers and seniors all along.
�If one is committed and hard-working, obstacles do not really matter. I would like to urge the differently-abled to have focus on their goals and work hard,� he said.
Dipankar, however, added that the visually-challenged had some constraints in the form of lack of enough study facilities and materials in the State. �I feel more needs to be done by the authorities concerned to ensure that the visually-challenged have adequate number of educational institutions and study materials, audio CDs in particular,� he said.
Dipankar, who is pursuing his PhD in �Ideology, culture and society: a case study on ideological expression in the lyrical compositions of Bhupen Hazarika�, aspires to become an IAS officer.
The award is given by Amway Opportunity Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India which had instituted the award in 2013 to recognize the talent of young achievers from the differently-abled section of society.