A blind man fought life and is Assistant Professor in Jammu Today


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.

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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.

Pursuing studies in Music was a challenging task for Rahul. Also, Jammu University does not offer a Master’s in Music for boys. Only the GCW Parade and GCW Gandhi Nagar offered the course. Incidentally, the year Rahul wanted to purse his Masters was the year the Jammu University Entrance Test (JUET) was introduced. Like thousands of aspiring candidates, Rahul wrote the entrance exam and came through with flying colors. Initially, the University denied him admission, but with his merit and track record they had to give in.
He was the only Visually Impaired student in his class and the only Gold Medalist from his batch at GCW Parade as an exception. He was honored by the President of the country during his convocation. Next, he cleared the SLET and NET exams too. He has plans for a Doctorate in the same discipline. However, since Jammu University doesn’t offer a Ph.D. in music at this point in time Rahul is exploring the possible routes to fulfill these plans at any university with the provision outside Jammu.
Rahul has learned classical music under the guidance of Pandit Shri T.K. Jalali Ji, a noted classical vocalist, violinist and music director. He also trained under Shri Sham Sajan Ji who is a renowned Ghazal singer and composer from Jammu.
Not just academics, Rahul has participated and won many State Level Competitions. He has won the The All India Devotional Song competition organized by SMVD shrine board during Navratras at Katra. Along with this, he has excelled the Display Your Talent contest held by the Jammu University a couple of times.

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.

Rahul is an inspiration for everyone of us. His achievements are testimony to the unbreakable truth that nothing can come in your way if you truly want to pursue your goals.


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