A visually impaired child who was thrown in the dustbin 25 years ago cleared the MPSC exam today; A Salute to Her Achievement!

Amaravati: Twenty-five years ago, a visually impaired baby girl was found thrown in a dustbin at the Jalgaon railway station in Maharashtra.

As her parents could not be found, the police took the unconscious, starving newborn to a remand home in Jalgaon. She was given shelter there. She was shifted to a well-equipped rehabilitation home for deaf and visually impaired children at Paratwada in Amaravati, 270 km away.

There she was named Mala Papalkar. She has cleared the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination after two decades. Will serve as Clerk-cum-Typist – Maharashtra Secretariat, Mumbai. The result was announced on Thursday.

Mala’s mentor and Padma Shri awardee Shankarababa Papalkar 81, gave her his Sir Name. He also nurtured his talent. He taught in Braille.

Talking to the Times of India, Mala said, “God had sent angels to save me. I will not stop here. I will appear for the UPSC exams and become an IAS officer,” she enthused.

According to Shankarababa, Mala completed her primary education in a school for the blind. Passed Higher Secondary with First Division. She graduated from Amravati University in 2018. She holds a Masters in Arts from the Government Vidarbha Institute of Science and Humanities.

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