‘No dream too big’ for visually impaired Prachurya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Aug 2017 10:38:47


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Dreaming to become a public servant by cracking UPSC, 20-year-old CA student Prachurya Kumar Pradhan, who is blind by birth, is second to none when it comes to academic and sports

Fighting all odds, a visually impaired, who has just cleared CA IPCC Group-1 Second Stage, dreams to become a public servant by cracking the tough Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

However, the confident youth wants this feat only after the completion of CA. The energetic 20-year-old Prachurya Kumar Pradhan, who is blind by birth and preparing for CA under the guidance of Excel Educational Institute in Raipur for more than a year, is second to none when it comes to knowledge in academic, sports and music field. Sharing his experience about his arduous journey, Prachurya, who belongs to Bargarh district of Odisha state, said that he had cleared Common Proficiency Test (CPT) with distinction. He scored 141 marks.

Son of lecturer Ravi Ranjan Pradhan, Prachurya said that he completed his primary education from Bhima Bhoi Drustihina Vidyalaya in Bhubaneswar (school for visually impaired children). “I was good at study and therefore my parents preferred to shift me from the blind school to a normal school in Nuapada district of Odisha where I completed my 10th under the Odisha State Board. I was not regular in the class and had a home tutor.

Finally, I passed the class X examination with 90 per cent marks and made it to the list of top five students in the district. My marks remain the highest ever in my development block,” said Prachurya.

The credit of being the first visually impaired student to take up Commerce in entire Odisha also remains with Prachurya when he got admission in the Sinapali College. He cleared +2 Commerce Examination with 86 per cent and is now pursing BCom at National College, Nuapada.

Speaking about his other hobbies, Prachurya said that he started playing chess, knowledge of which he had gained from his uncle national chess player Kesha Ranjan Pradhan, at the age of 6. “I used to play with the normal chess players. I have represented Odisha at several national tournaments apart from participating in an International Masters event in Europe. My current ranking is 1600. Presently, my focus is shifted to CA even though I am very much optimistic about my success in chess.

Besides I also can sing and play musical keyboard,” said Prachurya who is a recipient of State Award for Individual Excellence which was conferred on him by the Odisha government in the year 2012.

Speaking about the support, he said that being a complete blind person you require special care and attention which are possible when you have enough money. “I am not getting the adequate support from my government,” said Prachurya and added that his younger brother Soundarya Kumar Pradhan is also blind by birth. Despite it, Soundarya is the first visually impaired to take up Science subject and pursuing his +2 study in Odisha. Soundarya has won Bronze in Asian Chess tournament and is also the recipient of State Award for Individual Excellence.

About his CA preparations, Prachurya said that he is grateful to Excel Educational Institute for its support which has made it possible for him to continue his BCom along with CA.

Divulging his future plan, Prachurya said his ultimate dream is to crack UPSC and he will start thinking for only after completion of his CA. In his message to the younger generation, Prachurya advised them to stay focused on their mission. For Prachurya, it seems ‘No dream is too big’to achieve with his blind folded faith and zeal.