A young boy named Dinesh, who is 90% physically challenged and belongs to a poor family, recently scored 93.75% in the SSLC examination.
Dinesh’s father Beera Gouda is an agricultural worker and also works as a coolie. When his son was born with little control over his motor abilities, Beera was worried about Dinesh’s future.
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But he made a firm decision to provide him with a good education.
“Despite all odds, we admitted him in a Kannada medium primary school in our village. Every day, I had to physically lift him up and take him to school and bring him home, a distance of about 1km. After SSLC, he joined DJVS High School in Divagi village, which about 3 km from our house. Dinesh cannot sit on a bicycle, so I had to carry him. As Dinesh grew I faced a lot of difficulty, particularly during the rainy season. But I wanted to educate him at any cost and his determination to study helped us overcome all difficulties,” said Gouda in an interview to Times of India.
Dinesh and his family live in a small village called Harkade in Kumta taluk. His elder brother is studying BA from a college in Kumta.
“My parents and teachers never looked down on me because of my physical disability. They always encouraged me to study hard and ensured I got every help at every step. I understand the difficulty of my father who lifted me physically to go to school, which is 3 km away from my house. He did it for 3 years without a murmur. I was inspired by my father’s determination to educate me and I took the exam as a challenge,” said Dinesh.
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His teachers knew from the beginning that Dinesh would excel in the exams but the results were above their expectations.
Beera admits that it will be difficult for Dinesh to go to Kumta by bus everyday to attend college. Hence, Dinesh will be doing his further studies through correspondence.
News Source: Times of India
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