NIMHANS convocation: Physically challenged and on top

Anandhi B. receiving her M. Phil degree from Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh at the NIMHANS convocation ceremony in Bengaluru on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Her disability has not come in the way of her passion for psychiatric social work. Dealing with locomotor disability (restriction in the movement of the limbs) by birth, 29-year-old B. Anandhi’s joy knew no bounds when she walked up to the dais on a crutch to receive her M. Phil degree.

A loud round of applause from the audience and a hug from the chief guest only made the moment more memorable for her.

Speaking to The Hindu after receiving her degree in Psychiatric Social Work, Ms. Anandhi, the first graduate in her family, which hails from Madurai, expressed concern that sometimes those with mental disability (whom she has to deal with) have doubted her ability to work with them. “I have to explain to them that although I am physically challenged, I can handle my work,” she said.

Her father, Jyothi Balan, an electrician, said he was confident from the start that his daughter would hit great heights despite her disability. Ms. Anandhi is working on contract with the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Department of NIMHANS.

‘Dream come true’

Jayant Mahadevan, the first candidate in the country to be awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (DM) degree in Addiction Psychiatry, said his dream to become a psychiatrist specialising in addiction had finally come true. “Ours is the first batch as no other institution in the country has started this course,” he said.

“Addiction kills and it is often overlooked. It is challenging to work in this field. While I am focussing on research now, I feel there is a need for more advocacy in addiction medicine,” he said. He did his MBBS and MD from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry.

Meanwhile, L.G. Vishwanathan bagged the Silver Jubilee award for best outgoing student in DM Neurology and the Ansiya Vasanth Memorial award for the best PG resident in Neurology.

“The brain has always fascinated me and it has been my passion to be a neurologist. Currently, I am pursuing a fellowship in epilepsy,” the young doctor said.

All the toppers The Hindu spoke to said they owed their success to their alma mater. Dressed in their convocation robes, the bright young minds were enthusiastic about using their skills to serve the community.

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