We are happy to share the wonderful news that Mukesh, our visually challenged teenager, has aced the 10th Standard SSLC Public Exam with 401 marks out of 500. Although completely blind, Mukesh is not one to wallow in self-pity. What he lacks physically, he more than makes up for in intelligence. Little did we know of his many abilities when he was rescued at Kilpauk in Chennai, years ago. Although starting an academic program much later than others his age, Mukesh showed tremendous progress in studies and we decided to enrol him in St. Louis School for the Blind, Adyar. Of keen wit and mind, Mukesh not only aced at studies but also at music that he learnt to play at this school, famous for its orchestra of blind students.
It is said that “many have sight but few have vision”. The complete opposite is true of Mukesh. Always an achiever – in fact stubbornly so, he never takes “no” for an answer and finds strength and means to accomplish goals he sets for himself. He wants to pursue higher education and we know that’s exactly what he’ll do! We are incredibly excited at his potential to lead a powerfully inspiring and purposeful life.
[The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) is a certification obtained by a student on successfully completing the public exam at the end of the secondary schooling level in India. The SSLC is obtained on passing the grade 10 public examination, popular in Indian states, especially Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The door to higher education is now open to Mukesh or he may choose to join trade courses of his choice. Should he pursue studies, he will enter Pre-University for two years after which he could enter a university for undergraduate studies.]