Ayushi’s story is no less than a plot for an inspirational movie. Born blind, Ayushi has proven that one doesn’t need eyes to dream. One just needs hard work, courage, and determination
Ayushi, a blind teacher from Delhi government school has done what many couldn’t even dream of. She has secured the 48th rank in the Civil Services exam 2021, the results of which were recently declared by the Union Public Services Commission.
Ayushi, the 29-year-old, who is blind since birth, has never let the challenges of her disability stop her from pursuing her dreams. The Rani Khera resident cracked the prestigious examination in her fifth attempt preparing for the competitive exam while simultaneously performing her duties as a teacher.
Sharing details of her outstanding achievement, Ayushi said “My dream has come true. It’s a surreal feeling to know that my name is on the list of the top 50. Everyone is happy for me. I feel blessed.”
Ayushi’s Education Qualification
Ayushi completed her schooling at a private school in her village Rani Khera. Post which, she graduated from Delhi University’s Shyama Prasad Mukherji College. And, later, she pursued a Master’s degree in history from IGNOU.
Talking about her goals, Ayushi shared, “I come from an ordinary family. Growing up, my goal was to simply secure a job. In 2016, I started preparing for the examination with support from my mother.”
Ayushi’s Ultimate Pillar Of Strength: Her Mom
Ayushi’s father works with a private firm in Punjab and her husband is currently pursuing an MBA from Australia. But, one person, to whom she gives the maximum credit for her success is her mother, who took voluntary retirement from her post as a senior nursing officer in 2020.
“I was pursuing my job while preparing for civil services. To support my preparations, my mother retired from her job. Difficulties are always there but I was able to overcome them due to support from my mother and family. They used to record the content of books for me so that I could study from my notes,” said Ayushi.
Ayushi’s mother Asha Rani (54) shared how she was confident that her daughter would clear the exam. “While God may have deprived her of her vision, he also showed her a path. Despite challenges, she has emerged a winner against all odds. I am proud of her for not giving up,” said Asha.
Ayushi’s Passion & Goals
Talking about her passion, Ayushi said: “As a blind teacher, I have put a lot of effort into teaching my students. Teaching is my passion; it’s not just a job for me. My students are very happy for me.” Ayushi wants to join the Indian Administration Services (IAS) and opt for DANICS or Haryana cadre. She plans to work in the field of education for girls and differently-abled individuals.
While sharing how she would like to contribute to the betterment of differently-abled people, she said: “Education is a tool of empowerment. I’d especially like to work towards girls’ education and inspire differently-abled individuals. I will strive to change people’s opinions about differently-abled people. No stigma should be associated with disability. We need to change the societal attitude towards disability. Differently-abled individuals can achieve all goals,”