Meet Apoorva Sharma, a student of Cambridge School, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, who is an inspiration for all those who are thinking of giving up. She has dwarfism – a genetic abnormality where her limbs are disproportionate to her body. And she’s a student with learning disabilities. Apoorva wrote the board examinations on her own and scored 76% in class 12 CBSE.
Diagnosed with dyslexia (a learning disability) at an early age, at school Apoorva took the last bench. “She learnt to walk a few months after kids of her age did. Likewise, there was a delay in talking and other activities. So we were concerned for her,” her mother Anita, told The Times Of India.
It was in class XI that her Psychology teacher Parul Dutta noticed her different behaviour. “She remained withdrawn from other students in the class. Communication was an issue,” said Parul. After her first term marks came in, Parul met Apoorva’s parents. “Her grades had fallen drastically. We feared that she might get into depression,” said Parul. It was then Parul approached Rajeev Bhatt, the educator who dealt with Apoorva’s emotional trauma and guided her.
Apoorva had initially taken History in class XI but it turned out to be a major problem for her. The school then got her subject changed to information practices in which she scored 84 in class XII. Though Apoorva wants to major in Psychology, she would be enrolling herself in an undergraduate programme in travel and tourism. “I love to travel. Like my teacher (Parul), I wanted to be a Psychologist but she says I will do better in a course in tourism,” said Apoorva.