Mrunal won a bronze medal in chess at the Para Asian Games for Persons with Disabilities. She has participated in many national and international level sports events. She has shown dedication towards her game and studies. Mrunal is currently working in Bank of Maharashtra.
Para Asian Olympic Player
Pandurang Rathod has deformed hands and legs since birth but he has learned to write with them. After his 12th standard, he joined Manobal to train for competitive examinations. He believes his training at Manobal helped him get the boost he needed. He is now a Junior Auditor in the Co-operation department.
Nisha Khare is a strong and honest woman, who, at a very young age, lost her vision partially and was orphaned. She considers challenges as a boon in her life. Currently, she is a State Tax Inspector, in Mumbai. As she dreams to achieve more and pursues her training for UPSC examinations at Deepstambh’s Manobal project , she stands confident. She believes Manobal is a pillar of strength that lifts up underprivileged students and gives them a safe space, where even their state of mind is understood and guided in the right direction. She says, “I am an asset at my workplace. I always seek new opportunities and through my hard work, want to break the notion that blind people are a liability.”
Sales Tax Inspector
The financial situation was very bad everywhere due to the lockdown. After his father’s suicide, his mother took up all the responsibilities of the home. He could not take online training because he didn’t have a mobile phone. Under Deepstambh’s Akshay Shikshan Abhiyan, Pavan received a mobile phone, as well anything else he needed for his online educations. He wants to become an administrative officer.
Heena has polio since birth. She was unable to prepare for competitive exams along with her job. After joining Manobal, she got required guidance and support through the various group discussions and test series. Various reference books, made available to her at Deepstambh also helped her in preparing for the exams.
Heena Mukrab Shaikh
Vamika comes from Pathankot, Punjab. She completed her schooling from Pathankot and at present, she is pursuing her Political Science degree from Lady Shri Ram College for women, University of Delhi. She is enrolled with Manobal for her civil services exam preparations. She remarks that at Manobal, she has experienced, a teaching-learning system, wherein the differently-abled students are treated as equals.
He is a history graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Life has constantly thrown several challenges at him. He is a person with visual disability and also lost both his parents at a very tender age. Despite all this, he is quite enthusiastic and determined about his goal to become an I.A.S. officer. Before joining the online classes with Deepstambh Foundation, he was apprehensive about getting the coaching as he didn’t have the required finances. But at Manobal he got the opportunity and is preparing the exam. Moreover, today Manobal team has become his family.
Deepak grew up in an orphanage. He wasn’t able to get the opportunity to prepare for
his education anywhere else. He believes Deepastambh gave him not only educational
opportunities but also provided family intimacy to orphans like him. He credits Manobal for
enabling him to recognize his strength.
Preparing for MPSC
A 100% visually impaired girl, an undergraduate student of law residing in Kerala is currently enrolled in the online UPSC batch at Manobal. She mentions that since her journey of preparations of civil services began, Manobal has played a vital role in not just her studies, but also in building up confidence within her. She has now gained courage and has more stronger reason to fight the circumstances in her life to evolve into a good human being.