Hats off to the new Assistant Collector of Ernakulam.This Monday Ms. Pranjal Patil from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra took charge as the Assistant Collector of Ernakulam district of Kerala. What is special about it, one may wonder. She had lost her vision at the age of eight. An ordinary girl of that age might discontinue her studies and lead a life depending on her parents or others. But Pranjal decided to defeat her inability. She took firm decision to study. Her parents also supported.
Her blindness was due to an incident in her primary school days. One of her classmates poked one of her eyes with a pencil which eventually led to retinal detachment and lose of sight. Slowly, the sight of other eye also was lost due to the impact. Thus Pranjal became completely blind. But Pranjal's parents never let blindness come in the way of her education, since was bright from the very beginning. Hence she was sent to a school for blind. Then she did her graduation in political science. Later she did her master's in international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Pranjal believes that technology played an important role in her education. She learned Braille. Then she turned to computer in which she installed a screen reader software in her laptop which would read out chapters from various books. The software will copy from the texts and read it out. With stern decision and hard work she completed the IAS examination in 2016 with 733rd rank and in the second attempt in 2017 she managed to get 124th rank. Thus after the routine training for nine months at Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration, Missouri she has come to Kerala to take up her first assignment as Assistant Collector of Ernakulam district.