Total seven visually challenged students qualified the Odisha Civil Services for the first time after Odisha government allowed them to take the test in 2015, the result of which was published on Thursday.
Sannyas Kumar Behera, a 100% visually challenged, who fought for allowing blind persons appear Odisha civil services examination, qualified the coveted test. Behera has been ranked 220, the best among the visually challenged.
Sanyas Behera had filed PIL in the Orissa high court in 2011 seeking to allow the blind take the test conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission. The High Court in 2014 asked the state to allow them.
Sannyas, who is completely visually impaired, pursued his matriculation from Bhima Bhoi School for the Blind in Bhubaneswar and passed graduation from Alagappa University in Tamil Nadu.
The residence of Kishoreprasad village under Gania block in Nayagarh district, Sanyas is blessed with two daughters and one son. ALSO READ: Odisha couple clears OAS Exam