Pune: Hailing from a small village Tide in Mandangad Taluka of Ratnagiri district, Sunita Ashok Vaskar, had lost her father at an early age and was brought up by her mother along with her four siblings. Despite being visually impaired, Sunita was the brightest child in her house and was sent to Pune for higher education when she showed early promise. On Monday, she made her family proud by scoring 80.3% in HSC.
It was in seventh grade that Snehjyoti Blind School in Mandangad sent her to Jagruti blind school at Markal near Alandi. Later she joined Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalay, an NGO working for the overall development, education and employment of visually impaired students.
Niwant has 27 students who have passed HSC examinations this year with flying colours. Niwant founders Anand and Meera Badve said that out of 27 students, four have acquired distinction while 10 have secured first class. Sunita said that she used to study by using MP3 and Braille books after getting up at 3 am each day.
Pratibha Sengupta, the founder of Snehajyoti Blind School in Mandangad told dna that Sunita is the first visually impaired student from the school and Mandangad who has passed HSC examinations.
Nilesh Raju Bavdhankar of Niwant is partially blind and has secured 65.5% marks. He hails from Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district and is studying at Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalay after getting admission at Wadia College. Nilesh has been trained in Yoga and now trying his abilities with skating.
Faiyaz Attar is a flautist and has played the instrument during Sandip Khare- Salil Kulkarni’s program at Balgandharv Rang Mandir. He has secured 64.3%.
Monika Savlaram Randive, another student secured 72.8 per cent marks.