“Never quit your studies. No matter how many hardships come to your way. Education gives you strength to live a dignified life.”

This is Pooja Gupta’s message to disabled persons.

Pooja herself is 100% physically challenged but she made things possible for her with her courage. She is currently working in Punjab National Bank as an officer. She has an aspiration to become an IAS officer.

Pooja has very strong will power. She is  suffering from some sort of progressive disease but doctors are unable to tell the exact name of disease.

Whatever may be the name of disease but fact is that Pooja can’t use her hands and is unable to walk  on her legs. But even these hardships couldn’t discourage her. Pooja is mentally very tough. Many people tried to dissuade her from her path. They used to tell her “You are disabled so you should not study. You are a burden to your parents and you can’t do anything in your life.”  Some people also filled in her mind that if she will go to college she will be ragged by other students. But Pooja never paid any attention to such negativities. Her dream to become independent and support of her family have always given her courage to face the challenges which came to her journey.

Poojas’s determination to get herself educated can be explained by this incident.

When she was in the final year of M.Com her Third Semester’s exams coincided with special exam conducted by “University Grants Commission” (UGC) UGC NET (National Eligibility Test & JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) exams. But she had mainly concentrated on her M.Com examinations. She hadn’t prepare

for NET & JRF It was very cold and foggy day. It was hard for her to bear this cold. The center for UGC exam was 90 Km. away from her town. Despite this she decided to give the exam. She traveled all the way on a taxi and gave the exam. She was the only one in her college to Pass the NET and JRF exam in first attempt.

She joined coaching classes for Bank entrance examination for PO. She dedicated herself fully for the preparation of the entrance examination.

She cleared the IBPS (Indian Banking Personnel Selection)

Bank PO exam in 2012. But due to some reasons she couldn’t get the job. She was not disappointed at all and decided to give another try. In 2013 she again appeared for Bank exam. This time she not only cracked this exam but also cleared the interview and got the job. Again she proved her mental toughness.

Pooja was born in a middle class family. Her father Mr. Ajay Gupta was a small shopkeeper. But due to his ill health he was unable to run the shop properly. The family was in the financial crisis. There were many problems. Younger brother (Youngest of the three siblings) was also suffering from disability. But her family always stood by the side of Pooja and her brother. Her mother Sunita Gupta helped her children to get their education. Family’s support was pillar of strength.

Though Pooja is now financially independent but she hasn’t stopped trying to make progress. She still continues to appear in the various exams conducted by the

IIBF and Bank for her increment and growth prospects. She has a dream to be an IAS Officer to do something for the benefit of people suffering with disability

like her and for other  persons in need. Hopefully one day she will be an IAS officer.

Pooja is very loving and caring. She supports the family in financial aspects. With her positive thinking she is an inspiration for all.