Where there's a will there's a way and this has been proved by the five visually impaired students of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) who have cracked the University Grants Commission's National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET). NET is a test to determine eligibility of a candidate for assistant professors and junior research fellowships. Ajai Srivastava, the Himachal Pradesh University nodal officer for disability affairs, said that this is the first time when five visually impaired students of the University have cracked the exam, the results of which were declared on Tuesday night.
According to reports, Muskan Thakur - one of the student who cleared the test - is a budding singer. Election Commission had declared Muskan a 'youth icon' for the last year’s assembly election in the state
Apart from Muskan (music), the others who cleared NET are Vinod Sharma and Jasbir Singh Lubana (political science), Anuj Kumar (economics), and Ajai Kumar (history). Another differently abled student, Priyanka Thakur (law) also qualified it.
According to professor Srivastava, over 50 differently-abled were studying in the university. Out of them, 12 students were visually impaired. Following court orders on a public interest litigation (PIL) in 2015, they are being provided free education.
UGC-NET exam was conducted on July 8 and this is the first time when Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the test, has released the results within the same month of conducting the examination. However, this is probably the last time when CBSE conducted the exam. From next year, the exam would be conducted by the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA).