[AI] AP youth becomes India's first blind CA

Kotian, H P hpkotian at rbi.org.in
Wed Jan 23 23:33:36 EST 2013

Although the efforts of J. Rajeshekar deserves accolades in being a CA. However, there are many more blind persons who have done so in the past and who are also practising.
The reporter need to make better research before publishing such info.
Harish Kotian

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Source: http://newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/article1431906.ece

By Payal Ganguly - HYDERABAD 

23rd January 2013 08:10 AM 

J Rajasekhar Reddy, a visually-impaired man from Guntur, shows the victory
sign after becoming India's first blind CA in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Devnar
Foundation correspondent Jyothi Goud is beside him. | A Radhakrishna 

The vision to achieve his childhood goal helped 23-year-old J. Rajashekar
Reddy qualify the final hurdle of becoming a chartered accountant. He is the
first completely blind candidate in India to manage the feat. "My success is
not mine alone but of all those volunteers, teachers, friends and mentors
who supported me throughout," said the boy from Guntur, who cleared the
examination in his second attempt on Jan 21.

After he lost his vision owing to a damaged optic nerve caused by brain
tumor at the age of 11, Rajashekar never imagined that he would be able to
script a sterling success.

"I went into depression and my parents had given up on me. I had never paid
much attention to studies, but I am grateful to my grandmother who brought
me to Hyderabad, after she heard of the Devnar School for Blind," said
Rajashekar, who found his feet after joining the school. A meeting with a
career counselor at the school when he was in 10th standard set the pace for
his career.

"The profession of CA is an honoured post in the society and hence I was
motivated to pursue it. My father works as an electrician and mother is a
homemaker. It is a little difficult for them to comprehend the sense of my
achievement. In fact, looking at the jitters I was going through before my
results were declared, my mother was worried that I chose a profession which
causes stress and wanted me to relax at home," he added.

Preparing for the examination is doubly difficult for a visually impaired
student due to lack of study material. But Rajashekar's teachers and many
volunteers helped him record the books into an audio format through

"I would record the classes at my coaching institute and hear lectures after
returning home. Also, the questions for the practical paper are lengthy, and
going over them again and again is tedious as my peers with normal vision
could always go back to a certain part of the question or pick up a book and
start reading right-away. For practical preparation, my teachers and
volunteers had been helpful," said the B.Com graduate from Osmania

The tedious efforts of four and a half years were lauded by Rajashekar's
teachers at school. "He was staying with us throughout his college. A
visually-impaired person is as good as anyone and need not be pitied. They
can reach the pinnacle of success through hard work," said Dr. A. Saibaba
Gowd, chairman of the Devnar Foundation.


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