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Mohammad Aftab Alam

Allahabad: Hardships are part of life but for Mohammad Aftab Alam of Gopinathpur village in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, his birth was in fact a moment of shock for his parents. Born with handicapped hands. Aftab, 22, has now cleared the AIEEE and is pursuing BTech at Allahabad University.

Despite his physical inability, the young lad took it to his stride and with confidence and skill has been using his feet to write. “When Aftab was born, his hands were not developed and we were at a state of shock,” recalled Mahshar Nigar, Aftab’s mother. “At the age of 4, I placed a pencil between the thumb and first finger of his foot. After initial stumbles, he quickly picked up. Then, we gave him pen as he used to damage the wooden pencil and being poor we could not afford many pencils,” she added. Aftab’s father works in a brick kiln in Gopinathpur.

Belonging to a BPL card holder family and negotiating the hardships of routine life along with pursuing his studies and that too when handicapped by both his hands was never easy for young Aftab, but it was his guts and belief that has kept him going.

            “I knew that studies would be my only companion in bailing out my family from the clutches of poverty and I have always tried that my physical shortcoming does not hinder my ambition”, said Aftab, while talking to TOI in his room at SRK boys hostel of AU, on Saturday He scored 74% in high school and 73% marks in intermediate from Bihar State Education Board (BSEB). “I had cleared AIEEE last year too and was offered admission in NIT Rourkela but since I had scored just 56% marks in class 12th, I decided to reappear. This year I got admission in JK Institute of AU where I would pursue BTech (computer science) for the next four years,” he added.

            Owingto the economical hardships. Aftab’s parents are requesting AU authorities to help Aftab in his studies in whatever way they can. The fellow hostel boarders, classmates and seniors of the department too are leaving no stone unturned to boost the moral of Aftab who sometimes feel alien to the new place. “Many of my friends carry my bag and help me drink water at the department.” said an enthusiastic Aftab who enjoys listening to music and play ludo along with cricket.

While talking to TOI, Aftab shared that he does most of his routine work of his own. From bathing, to washing cloths or eating food with the help of a spoon or using a laptop, he seldom let his physical handicap hinder his skills. Handling books to opening notebooks and penning down notes and that too in a beautiful handwriting makes Aftab special among his new friends at AU.

            “I know he has the talent and will power to pursue his studies. He is com mitted for the same,” said Shikhar, the next door inmate of Aftab at SRK hostel.

“It is an honour for AU that such a committed student is here to pursue engineering. He will surely inspire others. All help would be extended to him,” said AU registrar Prof BP Singh.

Courtesy: Times of India

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