Chinmay Sahoo, a student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Pimple, has become the state topper by scoring 95.4 percent in class 12 of CBSE 2015.
The fact that the 18-year-old student topped the state in extreme deprived conditions, has given Maharashtra a reason to celebrate his victory. Sahoo was born with a defect which made him partially blind. Despite several difficulties, Sahoo managed to ace the examination. “I had to hold my books very close to enable to read properly. However, I somehow managed to remember whatever I studied,” said the proud student.
Sahoo hails from Orissa and was accommodated in a Pune hostel to pursue his education. He was studying under a fulltime scholarship programme, said his father, who is a teacher in a municipal school in Orissa. “I could not study continuously as my eyes would hurt. I used to take breaks in between and study for a total five hours in a day, at least,” Sahoo added.
Sahoo aims to become an electrical engineer in the future. “I have cleared IIT mains and am hoping to get admissions in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay for electrical engineering. I am thinking of opting for research and development,” he said.