Jammu and Kashmir News
Rahul, was never as lucky as most of us are. He was born without the gift of vision that all of us take for granted so thanklessly. He is a gold medalist both in Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from the Institute of Music and Fine Arts, University of Jammu. Today he has been selected for the post of Assistant Professor in the discipline.
There is a Residential School for the Blind in Jammu that had a few resident students in it. They use the Braille script that employs raised dots to help the reader identify the different letters of the alphabet. My father’s elder brother came to this school personally a few times before he finally brought me here for my education. I was eight or nine years old at the time.
His life troubles multiplied when he started pursuing his studies as the books were not in Braille. In order for him to study, a reader was required. He took help from his friends and classmates to record his lessons. And sometimes during examinations, there were problems in finding a suitable writer.
Being blind was not easy and he faced tremendous amount of oppression from the officials at the University. During his interview with JKPSC, it was required of him to present a certificate issued by the JU. It took him several months and a court case to finally get that certificate.
After all his hardships he is now finally appointed as the Assistant Professor.