Kerala: Meet India’s 1st visually-impaired IAS

Pranjal Patil is India’s first visually impaired woman IAS officer and she has taken charge as Sub-collector of Kerala’s Thiruvanthapuram district yesterday. At her first attempt, Pranjal won 733rd rank in civil services examination in 2016 and in 2017, she made her second attempt, securing 124th rank.

Pranjal, who hails from Maharashtra, lost her vision at the age of six. She said, “Never should we lose anything in life and never should we quit on things. Don’t give up. In stead put efforts and we will one day get that breakthrough which we want. I am feeling extremely glad and proud to take charge. Once I start working, I will have more idea about the subdivisions of the district and can have more plans to what to do for it”.

Pranjal Patil completed her graduation in political science from St. Xavier’s College and Master’s in International relations from JNU. Yesterday, on her joining day, a warm reception was arranged to welcome her and former collector B Gopalakrishnan has also come to congratulate her. She served as an assistant collector in Ernakulam for a year in 2018 before taking charge here.