M.P. Shalini bags two gold medals, cash prize
MYSORE: “I may be bereft of sight, but I want to be an eye-opener to others and change the view of society towards the blind”.
That was M.P. Shalini, a student of Marimallappa's College who defied all odds and public cynicism and walked away with two gold medals and a cash prize at the 90th convocation of the University of Mysore here on Friday.
Ms. Shalini won two gold medals in B.A. What makes her achievement remarkable is her fortitude and indomitable spirit despite losing her eye sight very early in life.
Ms. Shalini, a native of Mosambayanahalli in Mysore taluk, told presspersons that she wanted to change the view of society towards the visually challenged and prove that they were second to none.
She said she used to listen to lectures with rapt attention and study from Braille books. Her father, Puttaswamy, a political science lecturer, used to help her in preparing for examinations by reading aloud from the texts.
She scored 85 per cent in SSLC examination and second pre-university examination as well.
Her elder brother M.P. Kiran, who is also visually challenged and is pursuing his postgraduation at Manasagangothri, proved to a be role model for Ms. Shalini.
People in the village used to admonish Mr. Puttaswamy saying that he was wasting his time and resources in trying to educate her, recalled Ms. Shalini, who credited her success to her parents and teachers who encouraged her.
Ms. Shalini now intends to enrol for postgraduation and prepare for civil services examination as she nurtures a dream of becoming an IAS officer.
Ms. Shalini is learning veena and has completed a basic course in computers as well.
On Friday, as Ms. Shalini was led up to the dais to receive the gold medals from Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, who is the Chancellor of the university, there was a spontaneous applause from the chief guests, teachers, students and visitors seated in the Crawford Hall.