Using feet Pralay secures first position and want to be a professor

Tanmoy Chakraborty

Pralay Dey, 15, a candidate of Madhyamik examination from Matabari H.S. School Udaipur under Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) in Gomati district of Tripura wrote his papers with his feet and scored 346 marks with two letter marks in his language subjects this year.

Speaking to reporters Pralay Dey said he is happy with the marks but was expecting more.

“I cleared the Madhyamik examination with first division with 346 marks but I was expecting more. I would apply for a review check of my papers hope my numbers will be increased”, Pralay said.

Earlier, on March 25 last he said that his exams went well and he was confident enough of securing 80% in the exams and scored over 80 per cent marks in his Test examinations, which precedes the Madhyamik board exams.

Pralay said that he used to study 14 to 15 hours in a day and want to make his career as a professor of English language.

“I have not decided where I will go for my further study. But, so far I am planning to live here only in the same school and will choose Humanities as my subjects”, Dey told.

Pralay got 80 in Bengali, 87 in English, 60 in Mathematics, 56 in science and 63 in Science.

“I have four private tutors they helped me a lot and as well as my school teachers and my parents. I practice writing with my feet at least two hours a day. I am comfortable writing with my feet”, Pralay said.

He also said he is going to pursue his graduation in English and will become a Professor.

Dey has been using his limb to write, draw and paint. He has trained his leg to draw pictures and has won many awards competing in state-level drawing competitions. He has got one finger in each hand, so for eating, he holds spoons and utensils between his elbows.

"I don’t see myself as different from the other kids. I feel I am also one of them. I can move like them and do things like them”, Pralay said.

Pralay’s father Sujan Kumar Dey is a daily laborer but has not been keeping well of late but his mother Putul Guha also helped to runs the family. Putul Guha is an Anganwadi helper and earns some thousand rupees every month for helping Pralay’s studies, his elder sister Manika Dey’s college fees and the family’s expenses.

“I am happy that my son scored well in his language papers. But two papers he did not get well. So we shall file a review with TBSE as Pralay is confident enough to secure more of the rest of the papers”, Putul Guha said.

The Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) on Saturday announced the Madhyamik (matriculation) results this year.


Tathagata Datta of Udaipur English Medium School in Gomati district secured the first position in the combined merit list. He got 481 out of 500. 


Tripura BJP-Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) government would bear all study expenses for Pralay Dey, who got first class in his Madhyamik examination results under Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) and letters of distinction in two subjects without any wrists this year.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today met Pralay Dey and announced that his government would bear all study expenses for Pralay from now.

“Pralay will get stipend for Divyang students. But we will also give him scholarship, free higher education and will support him for any further studies he wants to do”, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today told media at his residence. 

TBSE president Bhabatosh Saha told reporters in the morning,  “Altogether 64.60 percent of students who had appeared in the Madhyamik examinations this year have passed. It is slightly higher than the 59.59 per cent average pass rate in the previous year.”

He said schools in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council have also fared well with 49.80 percent pass rate compared to 39.14 percent in 2018.

A total of 44,747 candidates, including 23,836 girls, appeared for the exam in 76 centres.

The exams started on March 2 and ended on March 28. The results were announced 71 days after completion of exams.

This year, of the 10 visually challenged examinees, including five girls, who took the exam, nine have passed. Seventeen out of 22 other differently-abled candidates have also passed.