Blind students see success, crack the boards

Cynthia scores 93 pc, wants to do English Lit in DU

Fighting all odds, an 18-year-old blind girl has stood out in the class 12 board exams for the academic session 2014-15 by scoring 93 per cent.

Cynthia Singh scored 465 marks out of 500 in Humanities in class 12 whose results were announced on Monday.

“I wasn’t expecting such a result. It will take time to sink it in,” said the student of Salwan Public School in Rajendra Nagar.

Herself a movie buff, Cynthia said that her favourite pastime is listening Bollywood movie songs. “I also like web designing and I have done a course in it,” the teenager added.

Cynthia wants to pursue English Literature in higher studies. “I would want to take up English (Honours) at a DU college,” she said.

Deccan Herald broke the news to her parents, who live in Bihar, about her outstanding performance in the class 12 board exams.

“We didn’t know that class 12 results were out. We always knew that she would do extremely well because she is an hardworking student,” said Bimla Singh, her mother. “We are proud of her.”

Cynthia’s parents are planning to come to Delhi to congratulate her. “We haven’t seen her since last June. We also have to make arrangements for her admission at DU,” said her mother.

Cynthia attributes her success to her teachers.

“It wouldn’t have been possible to score so high if it wasn’t for my teachers. My school teachers as well as my mentors at National Association for Blind (NAB) in RK Puram have always supported me,” she said.

At present she is staying at NAB’s vocational training centre in Hauz Khas. “I have enrolled myself for life-skill training here as well as in Home Science classes. I am eagerly waiting to meet my parents,” she said.

In similar story of perseverance and hard work, a head boy of DPS RK Puram has shown his peers how to pass board exams with flying colours by scoring 91.4 per cent in class 12.

Eighteen-year-old visually impaired Tapas Bhardwaj scored 457 marks in Humanities.
Basking in success, he said, “I am elated by the result. I always knew I would do well because I had slogged throughout the year.”

Bhardwaj is also a CBSE’s National Talent Search Examination scholar and has a scholarship to his name.

Though he used to swot up on his subjects every night for four to five hours, Bhardwaj never missed an opportunity to let himself loose.

“I love singing,” said the teenager, who has won many awards as a singer. He is a youngest member of an international choral group, Capital City Minstrels.

Bhardwaj was born as a premature child. “His impairment is by birth but he likes to hang out with the family,” said his older brother Parth.

“We have planned a surprised party for him later this evening,” he added.

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