Chandigarh: Raj kumar, an inspiring JBT teacher from Institute of Blind, sector 26, Chandigarh, despite being visually impaired portrays a perfect example of dedication among teaching fraternity. On Monday, happiness of 50-year- old Raj Kumar had no bounds when his name was called along other teachers who were honoured at Tagore Theatre on the occasion of teacher’s day. Sharing his happiness, Raj Kumar said, “Nothing is impossible in this world. You just need to have the right guidance and will power to achieve your goals.”
Sharing his life story and how he got into teaching, Raj Kumar added,” From past 22 years, I am teaching at the Institute of Blind and I really feel proud when my students come and meet me or call me saying thank you for all what I taught them.”
“At the age of 22 because of high fever, I lost my vision. Since then, I decided to spend rest of my life in teaching. In the beginning, I joined Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (Regd) for Blind (VRTC), Ludhiana, Punjab,” shared Raj Kumar.
“For almost four years, I worked as a counsellor and used to encourage visually impaired kids to know that being visually impaired is not their weakness, rather it can be their biggest strength. There after I joined the institute,” added Raj kumar, who now teaches Brail, Mathematics, Social Studies, Punjabi and English.
Answering to a question, as a teacher what gives him most satisfaction, he adds,” I really feel satisfied when I see my students reach the goal what I had set for them. Another is when any of my students who have been posted in higher positions meet me and say thanks.
“I am a proud daughter and my parents are like god for me, teaching and guiding me at every step of my life. Before being an excellent teacher, he is a great learner. After school he spends most of his time in reading brail journals” shares 16-year- old Gunjan daughter of Raj kumar.
Speaking about her father’s achievements Gunjan said,” Obliviously, I am a proud daughter as with his dedication and hard work he has created a special place among the normal ones. Both my parents are visually impaired but I don’t think that they are less than anyone.”
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