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WINNERS: (From left) Gold medal winners S.S. Lakshmi, H.P. Prema Kumar, Vijay, D. Geetha and H.V. Yathish in Mysore on Monday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
WINNERS: (From left) Gold medal winners S.S. Lakshmi, H.P. Prema Kumar, Vijay, D. Geetha and H.V. Yathish in Mysore on Monday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

A day of medals, applause and glory at Crawford Hall

MYSORE: For this young man who has struggled through life, it was an occasion to bask in the limelight as the audience gave him a huge applause. Vijay, a postgraduate student in Kannada secured seven gold medals and two cash prizes, one of the highest, during the 86th convocation of the University of Mysore on Monday.

Mr. Vijay was all praise for friends and family who stood by him through his hard childhood and supported his ambition to pursue higher studies. He said: "While studying, I worked at a petrol station on the night shift and was a paper boy in the morning. My friends supported me financially and my family was my moral support."

Hailing from Hanur in Chamarajanagar district, Mr. Vijay is the son of Mahadevappa, a coolie. He has appeared for the KAS examination and wants to study further. Though the Mahamasthakabhisheka at Shravanabelogala is less than a month away, H.P. Prema Kumari brought Jainology into forefront at the Crawford Hall. Fifty four-year-old Ms. Kumari won seven gold medals in the postgraduate course in Jainology. Another achiever who received a loud applause was D. Geetha, who won seven gold medals and two cash prizes in the postgraduate course in Chemistry. She is the first person from her village, Kagalwadi in Chamarajanagar district, to ever win a medal. Ms. Geetha said she plans to pursue her research. A postgraduate in Economics, S.S. Lakshmi received six gold medals and two cash prizes during the convocation.

She attributed her success to her family and faculty members and she said she followed 3Ds-determination, devotion and dedication.

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