As per latest reports, the 14-year-old Anushka Panda, who took birth with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a hereditary illness recognized for taking away a human being’s physical potency, hitting motor nerve cells, consequently affecting the capability to walk, consume, or even respire sometimes.
The only child of Anup Kumar Panda, Vice-President of a German MNC, Siegwerk Limited and Archana Panda, Lead Auditor for Social Accountability Accreditation Services, a US-based accreditation company, got 95 in English, 99 in History, 99 in Mathematics, 98 in Science and another 99 in Social Sciences, respectively.
Anushka wishes to be a Computer Science Engineer and study at IIT.
While talking to media people, an elated Anushka stated, “As a child born with a physical disability, I have faced lots of harassment in my day-to-day life from public places to my areas of education. Though I faced a lot of harassment, I always keep my self-esteem high to achieve success, whatever difficulties may come with life.”
Anushka started preparing for her board examination from day one. She studied for 2-3 hours on a daily basis.
She expresses thanks towards her school for their continuous assistance.
She told media people, “Since I am a special child, my school ensured that I was provided with a special infrastructure to write my examination.”
Anushka was provided with a special bench. In spite of the added facilities, she would never make use of the additional time she was offered to finish the examination.
While talking to media people, her dad stated, “She would always finish her exam in two-and-a-half hours. She did not want to be recognised as a special category child, and as part of her preparations, she would solve sample papers in two-and-a-half hours.”
Praising the hard work of girl’s success, the School Principal Ms Rupa Chakravarty stated, “We, at Suncity School, are very proud of Anushka. The focus that she possesses is rare to find in other children. She is determined and does not allow any obstacle to overpower her. She is very focused, and her benchmarks are very high. She is an inspiration for all of us. What she has achieved, many other students would not be able to achieve with all the elements.”
Her dad added, “I am proud of my daughter. Her excellent performance in the board examination is a testimony to her determination and perseverance.”
Out of 16 lakh 10th class pupils, Prakhar Mittal from the Delhi Public School, Gurgaon; Rimzhim Agarwal from RK Public School, Bijnor; Nandini Garg from Scottish International School, Shamli; and Sreelakshmi G from Bhavan’s Vidyalaya, Cochin, earned 499 out of 500.
As per the report, the total number of disabled pupils who got over 90% remained at 135, whilst those who scored 95% stood at 21.
We wish Anushka all the very best in her future endeavours.