Blindness does not deter these future journalists

Two blind students who have scored above 70 percent in their second PUC examinations want to become journalists and they want to fulfil their dreams at any cost.

Meet Diwakar and Darshan, students of First Year Journalism, at the Mahajanas First Grade College. Born blind, the students have taken up academics as a challenge and have an intense passion to serve the society. “This passion has made us to choose journalism as our subject,” they said.

While Diwakar has scored 70.98 percent, Darshan secured 78 percent in the second PUC examinations. “We studied at the School for the Blind at Tilaknagar till 10th standard and we completed our PUC at Kuvempu Trust on the Kalidasa Road. After scoring good marks, we both decided to take up journalism” they said. “In the examinations we managed to score well though we were asked to narrate the answers to our exam assistants,” they added.

Diwakar and Darshan at their class
Diwakar and Darshan at their class

“We approached Bharghavi Hemminge who heads the department of journalism at the Mahajanas College and she readily agreed to help us. We now go to the college regularly and attend classes. We also have got assistance in our fees as the college trust has agreed to pay for our studies,” they said.

Asked about their daily routine, the students say that grasping technical points in the subject was difficult. “Our other option is English Major and understanding finer details is difficult. Whenever we have doubts our teachers Bharghavi Hemminge and Ashwini help us out. The other students in our batch too are helpful,” they said.

Both Diwakar and Darshan have mastered in Braille language and are ready for all future challenges. “We know that there are challenges and the society will not accept visually challenged journalists. We want to prove them wrong. We will show that we can comfortably handle whatever responsibility given to us,” they said.

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