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Differently-abled Lavanya Jha beats hurdles to emerge as 3rd all-India topper

Breaking all stereotypes, the Humanities student at Delhi Public School (DPS) RK Puram, scored 98 marks in Psychology and Political Science, each.

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Updated: May 27, 2018, 05:45 AM IST

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Low-vision could not be a deterrent for Lavanya Jha who emerged as the third all-India topper scoring 97.4 per cent in the specially-abled category in Class 12 CBSE board exams.

Breaking all stereotypes, the Humanities student at Delhi Public School (DPS) RK Puram, scored 98 marks in Psychology and Political Science, each.

While Jha, who was diagnosed with very low vision at birth and had to employ aids and hold the notebooks very close to her eyes to be able to read, was not sure of becoming the third-topper, she was sure to score above 90 per cent.

"I'm very happy to know the result. It is above my expectation," said Jha, who wants to pursue Psychology at Delhi University's Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College.

On being asked about the challenges she faced, the ever-smiling girl, as her teachers would describe her, said,"My eyes would tire after a while and strain my head as well. However, I made it a plan to study all year round, so that I only have to revise before exams."

Similarly, Anmol Aggarwal of Gurugram's Amity International School, with a hearing disability has scored 96.4 per cent with a full 100 in Mathematics.

"I could not believe when I saw that I had scored full marks in Mathematics as I had expected somewhere around 90. My parents are so happy and excited. I want to pursue Maths (H) in future," said Anmol.

It was a day full of unexpected happiness for Anushka Mishra of Noida also, who secured 92 per cent in the board exams. Mishra's father is a daily wage worker at an iron-manufacturing factory.

"More than myself, it was a big day for my parents whose only wish was that I do well in studies. They are the happiest today. I plan to apply in DU," said Anushka, who studies at Noida's Amitasha school for underprivileged girl children, run under the aegis of Amity Humanity Foundation.

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