Twenty four old Sujitha, a born blind woman from Tindivanam, Tamilnadu has managed to beat the odds and has qualified for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) main examination conducted last year, the results of which were announced on Thursday.
Sujitha who did not let her blindness to come in the way of realising the dream of becoming an IAS officer, graduated in B.A English literature from Deivanai Ammal Womens College, Viluppuram. She has a third grade from Trinity College of Music and also has passed BA in Hindi.
While owning her success to her mother J. Sivakami, Sujitha says, “I always knew I wanted to do some work which would also benefit the society. My mother who has studied only up to Class 9, motivated me constantly. She used to read out to me from the textbooks of all my subjects and newspaper articles too. She is not only my mother but my angel. I am very firm that I want to help the differently abled persons like me. “
“It was tough in the beginning but I was determined that I must show the world that my girl cannot only dream but also achieve it,” said the proud mother.
Sujatha who took public administration and sociology as optional subjects in the UPSC main examination thanked Manidhaneyam Civil Service Coaching Academy in Chennai for helping her.
Currently Sujatha is waiting for the call for personality tests interview by the UPSC which will be held at the commission’s office in New Delhi March 22 to April 1.
But then, Sujitha’s dream is threatened by the civil services rules, which allow only partially blind candidates and not fully challenged persons for appointment in IAS—unless the Union government allows the petitions from two blind men Ajit Kumar Singh and Ashish Singh Thakur in the north, who had cleared the IAS but did not receive the appointment letters.
Meanwhile a doctor in Chetput has come forward to donate one of his eyes to Sujitha, stating, “so that Sujitha can serve the people better in the IAS.”. But there is a hitch as the transplant laws do not permit taking cornea from a live donor.
When told about the Chetput doctor’s kind gesture, Sujitha said, “It’s truly kind of him but I cannot receive his eye as my blindness is due to defective optical nerve.”
Sujatha, we are proud of you. We wish you all the very best to achieve your dream.