In India, even the mention of the term Board exam is enough to strike terror into the hearts of students. For months, students put in hard work and long hours to ace the tough exams. But imagine all that, without the sense of sight. It may sound impossible, but a 16-year old girl from MP has just done that.

                              Beating all odds, a visually impaired girl, Shrishti Tiwari, from Damoh town has topped the Madhya Pradesh Higher Secondary examination in Arts stream.For Shrishti, a student of JBP Government Higher Secondary School in Damoh, the achievement is special not only academically but also because of the fact that she is visually impaired since birth. She scored 481 out of 500 marks to emerge as the winner.She got a class XI science  student as a writer and was given half an hour extra in the exam.


 Shrishti Tiwari with her proud parents

(Courtsey Neeraj Soni Dainik Bhaskar Damoh)       

While her parents stay in Bhopal because of job compulsions, Shrishti’s maternal uncle Dr Sanjay Gangele prepared notes for her,while her grandparents read them out to her.. In High School examinations also, Srishti had secured a place for herself in the merit list in 2011, they said.

When asked to give a message for other students,she said they should work hard ,set a target,and above all be positively oriented.If she was given a chance to relive the last 10 years of her life,she would like to prepare better and appear in the class X exam to improve her score.

Shristi Tiwari, a girl of many dreams and aspirations  said she has “miles to go before she sleeps.”Deriving inspiration from Helen Keller, Shristi said that just like Keller did not allow her disability to impede her in the path of success, she too is determined to be a part of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) to help others like her become a part of the mainstream.

(The above success story has been written by Maj Pradeep Khare ,after interviewing Ms Shristhi Tiwari)