Navnath Barbinde: Overcoming Odds to Become Maharashtra’s First Visually Impaired Pharmacist

Navnath Barbinde: Overcoming Odds to Become Maharashtra's First Visually Impaired Pharmacist
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Parbhani/Pune, 19th August 2023: Breaking barriers and shattering misconceptions, Navnath Barbinde from the Charthana village in Jintur taluka of Parbhani district, has made history by becoming Maharashtra’s first visually impaired pharmacist. Hailing from an ordinary family and hailing from a rural background, Navnath’s remarkable achievement was publicly celebrated at the recent annual meet of the Chemists Association of Pune District (CAPD).


In an event held at the Ganesh Kala Krida in collaboration with the Chemists Association Maharashtra and Maharashtra Pharmacy Council, Navnath Barbinde was lauded as a trailblazer in the field of differently-abled individuals. The conference was graced by esteemed dignitaries, including Jagannath Appa Shinde, President of CAPD and Maharashtra State Drug Manufacturing Council, MSCA, and Vijay Patil, Member of Maharashtra Pharmacy Council. The presence of Anil Navander, President of MSCDA, as well as Pune residents, further added to the significance of the occasion.


Despite a 75 percent visual impairment, Navnath’s perseverance led him to graduate in Pharmacology from the prestigious Bharti Vidyapeeth Institute of Pharmacy in Pune. His journey to this accomplishment was marked by immense challenges and profound lessons. Overcoming initial difficulties in securing admission due to his visual impairment, Navnath eventually secured a spot at Bharti Vidyapeeth through Maharashtra’s entrance round after considerable struggle.


The entirety of his two-year graduation period, particularly the practical training, was a blend of formidable challenges and inspiring moments. Navnath stood as the first visually impaired student in the college’s history, earning admiration from both his teacher, Vrinda, and fellow students. His financial constraints didn’t deter him; he managed his education while working in a pharmacy, proving to himself and others that despite being visually impaired, he had the power to achieve.


Navnath Barbinde isn’t just a scholar; he’s a multi-talented individual who has received the State Poet Award twice for his prowess in writing. Additionally, his participation in the Maha Marathon competition in Pune saw him claim the top spot in the five-kilometer category. He attributes his success to his unwavering determination and motivation.


In his own words, Navnath says, “The quality of a diamond is not determined by its brightness but, it’s determined by its strength and originality.”


His remarkable journey has not only set a record but has also garnered immense respect and admiration across Maharashtra. His story stands as a testament to the potential that lies within determination, regardless of one’s circumstances.