Blind girl fights odds, becomes bank officer
Even as the world celebrated the International Woman’s Day on Wednesday, there are a few women who have set an example for others by becoming successful in life by fighting against all odds.
One such woman is Sushreesangita Mohapatra, a bank officer working in Canara Bank Bhubaneswar. Despite being a physically challenged, Mohapatra has never bowed to her difficulties and whether in studies or profession, nothing has stopped her to excel.
Mohapatra was born on May 13, 1990 to father Parikhita Mohapatra, a divisional accountant and mother Binodini, a house wife. She became blind since her birth. She completed her primary education in a physically handicapped school for the blind, Bargarh and high school education in the Red Cross School for the Blind, Brahmapur. She studied her intermediate course in the Khallikote College and bachelors’ degree from the same college and masters in economics from the the Berhampur University. She stood first in PG economics and received a gold medal in 2014.
She joined as a clerical staff in the Syndicate Bank, Golabandha village of Ganjam district in 2013. She joined as a PO in Canara Bank circle office, Bhubaneswar. Her success to get a job was not easy. There was a large amount of problems in getting the study materials either in Braille script and audio format. Yet, she worked hard and finally came up with flying colours.
Mohapatra is very simple and loves everybody.
“While I was selected in the All India Radio musical audition, my grandfather died. When I got selected as a clerk in the Syndicate Bank, I lost my beloved uncle who was my source of encouragement. But while I was declared topper in the university at the end of my PG in economics, that was really my happiest moment in life,” said Mohapatra.
Mohapatra is very workaholic. She joins the bank at 10 am everyday and leaves office at 6.30pm. As a bank officer she prepared data for the visitors interface, created the PPF password, updated signature scanning etc. She also undertakes various miscellaneous works under the instruction of section head from time to time. At the initial stage, she faced difficulties of attitudinal barrier from the core employees on account of her blindness. However, she silently tolerated and learnt to work from the seniors which helped her to overcome the difficulties. She has an ambition to join the RBI.
Mohapatra gave importance to four persons who inspired her to become a successful bank officer. They are her teachers M Dandapani Rao, Nabin Satpathy, Sarita Bhidar and her senior manager in Canara Bank Jitendra Sahoo. She is a good Braille writer as well.
(The writer reads in the Ramadedevi Women’s Junior College, Bhubaneswar)
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