Berhampur, Dec 8 (LocalWire): Fifty-year-old Hemant Kumar Subudhi of Munishipentha village in Chhatrapur block is afflicted with multiple disabilities, including loss of vision. His disabilities, however, do not deter him from fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a teacher.
He is now a teacher in the government-run high school at Gangapur, about a kilometer away from his village.
Subudhi teaches social science to classes VI to VIII.
“I have been in the teaching profession for more than two decades.
I have not faced any problem thus far,” he said.
As all the schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he makes videos of the lessons.
Besides, he also invites the group of students-around four to five students to interact with physically to the school, said Subudhi, a 100 percent visually imparted.
Subudhi completed his post-graduate in Economics and B.Ed. from Berhampur University.
He has also studied special education in visual disability from National Institute of Visual Handicapped (NIVH) Dehradun.
Subudhi lost his right foot and left hand after meeting with an accident in the railway station at Balugon in 1996, when he slipped from a running train.
“I had qualified the preliminary examination in civil services.
I was also selected by the government to become a teacher in 2001.
But, I could not get the service immediately due to my disability.
I had prayed to the government and appeared for a special class before the district collector to select me as a teacher,” he said.
Subudhi has been blessed with a daughter. “My family members helped me a lot to handle the laptop and mobile phones with special software for visually imparted people,” he added.