Shimla: They say nature has blessed all of us with the same abilities and capabilities irrespective of our cast, creed, gender, race and religious faiths. To come out victorious under all odds, one needs more courage, determination, dedication and perseverance than just the gift of nature. Proving this age-old adage right, Umesh Lubana, 100 percent blind student of Himachal Pradesh University, has qualified UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) in his first attempt. And you want more proves, do you?

Umesh Lubana is studying in MA 2nd semester, and had also topped in his class in first semester and aiming to become a professor in University. He passed his 10th and 12th from Govt Senior Secondary School Kolar of Pointa Sahib Tehsil of Sirmour district and secured 81 percent marks both in 10th and 12th class, and was on 98th position in 10th class and 65th in 12th class in the State.

Lubana had received Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship for meritorious disabled students during his graduation and now aiming at Junior Research Fellowship of UGC. He had secured 74 percent marks in his graduation.

Umesh, while talking to The News Himachal, demanded the state government to provide modern technology to disabled students at least in the School, Colleges and University. He said “technology makes our life much easier and bring at par with non disabled

He demanded the state government to make library accessible throughout the state and equipped them with audio video e-book, subscription of online generals and Bookshare, ‘An Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities.’ More than 500 international publishers contribute to Bookshare by donating their digital files, which were made available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers.

Ajai Srivastava, chairman of Umang Foundation, congratulated Umesh Lubana for his achievement. Prof. Ramesh Chauhan, chairman of Political Science said, “Umesh Lubana is a genius student. I had no surprise when he got highest marks in first semester in his class. Lack of sight in eyes has become no hurdle for him in the study as he is doing optimum utilization of the latest technology.”

Umesh Lubana