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Achiever: R. Nagamani with her mother, Nirmala, in Chitraduraga.
Achiever: R. Nagamani with her mother, Nirmala, in Chitraduraga.

Firoz Rozindar

Visually challenged Nagamani has secured 61.5 per cent marks in second PU exam

Chitradurga: R. Nagamani of Chitradurga has come out with flying colours in the second year pre-university examination despite her disability.

Nagamani, who is visually challenged by birth, has secured 61.5 per cent marks in the examination in the Arts stream. A student of Government Girls Junior College here, she has scored 82 marks in Kannada.

Though excited over her performance, Nagamani said she could have done better.

“I used to prepare for six to eight hours every day. Sometimes, I used to remain awake till 3 a.m. preparing for the examination,” she said.

Nagamani said that she was the only visually challenged student in her college. Knowledge of Braille had helped her in achieving the success in spite of studying in a regular college.

“I did my schooling in Rangarao Memorial School for the Disabled and later in CSA Victoria School for Disabled, both in Mysore,” she said.

“Though it was initially difficult for me to prepare notes in Braille in the college, I gradually improved.”

Economics was a tough subject for her as she was required to draw graphs. “Thankfully this year the PU department gave visually challenged students an option to answer such questions without drawing graphs,” she said and added that this helped her to get good marks in the subject.

Nagamani said she wrote the examination with the help of an approved scribe. “I was allowed to sit in a separate room and was given an extra hour to answer the questions.”

Family support

She said her family had always stood by her. “My mother used to remain awake with me till late in the night when I was preparing for the examination,” she said.

Nagamani said that her classmates were helpful and cooperative, and her teachers encouraging.

Elated

Her mother, Nirmala, is elated at her daughter’s performance. “I am extremely happy for my daughter,” she said.

Nagamani plans to take up TCH course.

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