For him, it’s a test of ability

A government servant aspires to become a teacher

While taking the Special Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in the city on Wednesday, M. Rangasamy was intently focussing on answering all questions within the stipulated time. It was a challenge for the 31-year-old who had lost both his hands in a road accident at the age of four.

Despite his disability, Mr. Rangasamy remains highly motivated and determined to succeed.

Since almost the whole of both his hands were crushed, he has developed special skills to use them for writing. He had tried to write with his mouth and with his legs but was not comfortable.

Son of Murugesan and Saraswati from Ayyalur village in Dindigul district, Mr. Rangasamy is the youngest of five children.

He has two married elder sisters and two elder brothers.

After the accident, he did not lose heart and persevered to overcome all odds. He holds a B.A and M.A. in History as well as B.Ed. degree and is the first graduate in his family.

At present working as a junior assistant in the district differently abled welfare office in Perambalur, he aims at becoming a teacher and serve society.

What inspired him to chose the profession of teaching?

Mr. Rangasamy had the opportunity to meet Dr. Abdul Kalam in 2010, and the latter had encouraged him and suggested that he (Rangasamy) could motivate and instil self-confidence in many students by becoming a teacher.

Family support

“I owe my success to continued support from my family. A special mention needs to be made of the persons who constantly discouraged me and said that I could never be successful. This drove me to work hard and I had a raging fire within me to prove them wrong,” says Mr. Rangasamy.

He had taken the TET three times. This time he has written the special TET and hopes to succeed since he has written it reasonably well, he says.

The Special Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for differently abled persons possessing B. Ed degrees was conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board.

Of the 205 candidates who had registered in Tiruchi, only 192 took the test.

The candidates included 144 physically challenged and 48 visually impaired persons.

The test was held on Wednesday at E.R. Higher Secondary School in the city.

Collector Jayashree Muralidharan inspected the examination premises.

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