Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A Divyang student in Bargarh district has proved that indomitable spirit, hard work and determination can help overcome all the odds. 

Meet Jagannath Tandi from Bharuamunda village under Paikamal block in the district, who has overcome all negatives to secure a 74 per cent mark in the Odisha Matriculation examination.

Though Tandi is limbless, he has become an inspiration for one and all by securing a total of 447 marks.

As per sources, Tandi's parents had christened him after Lord Jagannath as he had no hands and legs since birth. The poor parents had to face much criticism after the birth of Jagannath. However, they didn't lose faith in him.

Jagannath's parents never allowed poverty to come on the way of his studies. They used to take him to a school, located three kms away from their home in a wheelchair.

In turn, Jagannath worked hard with a lot of determination and dedication to come up with flying colours in the Matric examination.

The divyang boy is not only a meritorious student, but he is also able to do all kinds of work along with reading and operating mobile phone.

Bolstered by his early success, Jagannath has now set an aim to be a teacher.

"My parents have worked very hard for my success. They used to carry me to the school, located three kms away from my village, in a wheelchair daily. I aim to be a teacher in my life and provide quality education to the children of my area," said Jagannath.

Jagannath's parents are on the blue moon over their son's success.

"Though we faced a lot of criticism for Jagannath's disabledness, we never lost hope in him. We worked very hard to take good care of him and his education. In return, he made us all proud," said Jagannath's mother Jema Tandi.

"We had visited the centre during the annual examination as observers and the Divyang student was writing well with the help of helper writers. He is a bright example for the society. If we help Divyang people and provide them proper scopes, they too can come with flying colours. We will try to provide him with all possible help after consultation with higher authorities," said District Education Officer Radhakant Chhatria.

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