BHUBANESWAR: Physical disability cannot be an impediment to success if one has the determination and grit to achieve the target. There cannot be a better example to establish the statement than Sanyas Kumar Behera, a visually impaired candidate, who has cleared the Odisha Civil Service Examination 2015 conducted by Odisha Public Services Commission (OPSC).
Widely acclaimed for his activism in the disability rights sector, Behera had attempted for the OPSC examination in 1991. However, the legal provisions deprived him of an opportunity to sit for the tests.
While Behera had secured 220th rank in the visually impaired category in 1991, he was disqualified on the grounds of physical disabilities.
Later, Behera joined by his fraternity continued a long-standing fight with the Government machinery following which the persons with disabilities (PwDs) were allowed a three per cent reservation in the OPSC 2015 examinations. A jubilant Behera said he owes his success to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his personal intervention in allotting of reservation of seats for the PwDs in OPSC examination.
Ashok Kumar Muduli, a student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), has cleared the OPSC Examination 2015. One of six children of a daily wage labourer of Koraput, Ashok had taken admission in KISS in 2008.
After completing his BCA from KIIT University, he joined TCS through campus recruitment. His younger brother Prakash is also studying in KISS. No hardship could detract him from the path of hard work and success.
Congratulating Ashok, founder of KISS & KIIT Achyuta Samanta said many students of the institute have achieved success in various national-level examinations due to the healthy educational ambience and proper guidance of teachers. Similarly, Pratyusha Mohapatra and Mousumi Mishra of KIIT School of Leadership have also cleared the examination.