Visually impaired MP engineer bags Rs 47L job

Sonkia’s father Yashpal, who runs a canteen in the city, said his son was diagnosed with glaucoma a day after his birth, due to which he had very little vision in his eyes.
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INDORE: A 25-year-old visually impaired software engineer from Madhya Pradesh has received a job offer from IT giant Microsoft with a salary package of Rs 47 lakh, an official said on Tuesday.

Yash Sonakia earned his B Tech degree in 2021 from Indore-based Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS), a government-aided autonomous institute, the official from the institute said. Sonakia said he has accepted the offer and will join the company’s Bengaluru office soon as a software engineer, though initially he has been asked to work from home. He lost his eyesight to glaucoma when he was just eight. “After completing my studies with the help of the screen-reader software, I started looking for a job and applied at Microsoft after learning coding. After an online examination and interview, I have been selected for the post of software engineer in the company,” he said.

Sonkia’s father Yashpal, who runs a canteen in the city, said his son was diagnosed with glaucoma a day after his birth, due to which he had very little vision in his eyes.

“My son lost his eyesight completely when he turned eight, but we didn’t give up as he wanted to become a software engineer,” Yashpal said.

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