Karnataka: Visually challenged woman scores 92% in PUC

Bengaluru

10 May 2019

This 23-year-old visually impaired woman has scored 92% in PUC

Recently, 23-year-old Vaishali from North Karnataka made it to the news for completing her pre-university or PUC examinations with 92% marks.

In the world of 100% scorers, this might sound average. But the noteworthy fact here is that Vaishali is visually impaired since the age of 3, because of complications she faced after getting poor treatment for typhoid in her village.

Here's more.

Childhood

Census 2011: Only 10% women were literate in Vaishali's village

Census 2011: Only 10% women were literate in Vaishali's village

Vaishali is among the six children of a truck driver (father) and a homemaker (mother), and is a native of Hoskera village of Yadgiri district, North Karnataka.

As per the Census of 2011, only 10% of the women and a total of 27.5% of people in her village were literate.

She was confined to the four walls of her house due to her blindness.

School

Started school at the age of 11, enrolled in Class-1

However, Vaishali wanted to live her life like any other kid, and wished to study.

After her parents were introduced to Dattu Agarwal, founder of Smt Ambubai Residential School for Blind Girls, they were finally convinced and decided to send her to school.

Eventually, at the age of 11, she started her schooling and was enrolled in Class I.

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Motivation

Teachers motivated her to apply for Mitra Jyothi program

Teachers motivated her to apply for Mitra Jyothi program

While she was completing her Class X in Yadgiri, her teachers identified her potential and inspired her to apply for the Mitra Jyothi program in Bengaluru.

Although her parents were worried about sending their daughter away from home, Vaishali moved to HSR Layout.

At the Government Independent PU College, Vaishali completed a computer course before starting her pre-university program.

What is Mitra Jyothi?

Mitra Jyothi is a registered trust founded in 1990 by Madhu Singhal. It trains and provides accommodation to visually impaired girls at a very nominal cost. Moreover, it helps them to boost their employability and is determined to create a dialogue around disabilities.

Tutor

Vaishali walks to and from college without help, says tutor

According to Vaishali's tutor at Mitra Jyothi, Shyni Kuttappa, "Vaishali walks to and from her college without any help. Mitra Jyothi trains students to be independent."

"They have been told all their lives that they are a burden, and at Mitra Jyothi they can rid themselves of that idea and learn to be independent," Shyni added.

Studies

Vaishali opted for Arts Stream, Shyni saw potential in her

Vaishali opted for Arts Stream, Shyni saw potential in her

Moreover, Vaishali has opted for Arts stream, and along with English and Kannada, her subjects include Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology.

After recognizing her bright potential, Shyni, who spoke Kannada, decided to give her tuition three times per week.

Vaishali said, "I liked everything about the hostel, even the food facilities. They were very helpful for all of us."

Success

Braille library at Mitra Jyothi was extremely helpful, says Vaishali

According to Vaishali, the Braille library at Mitra Jyothi was extremely helpful to her while she was preparing for her exams.

After she successfully completed her exams with the help of a scribe, her parents were overjoyed and encouraged her further.

While talking about her parents' reaction, Vaishali said, "They were very happy with my marks and want me to continue my studies."

Vaishali wishes to pursue BA and become a lecturer later

Vaishali's determination has led her to success today, and she is now planning to pursue Bachelors of Arts and wishes to become a History or Political Science lecturer. Meanwhile, Shyni will continue tutoring her, and she has been offered a scholarship by Mitra Jyothi.

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What is Mitra Jyothi?

How many people are blind in India?

Has India pledged under the Vision 2020?

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What is Mitra Jyothi?

Asked 2019-05-10 21:37:56 by Divya Mistry

Answered by NewsBytes

Mitra Jyothi is a registered trust founded in 1990 by Madhu Singhal. It provides accommodation and opportunity to work to visually impaired girls at a very nominal cost. Moreover, it helps them to boost their employability and is determined to create a dialogue around disabilities.

How many people are blind in India?

Asked 2019-05-10 21:37:56 by Vivaan Pillai

Answered by NewsBytes

As per 2015 government survey, over 25 crore people in the country are visually impaired, and 3.6 crore of them are completely blind.

Has India pledged under the Vision 2020?

Asked 2019-05-10 21:37:56 by Rajesh Balasubramanium

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, India has pledged, under the Vision 2020 program, to reduce the incidence of blindness to 0.3% of the population by 2020.

What are the future plans of Vaishali?

Asked 2019-05-10 21:37:56 by Anika Chattopadhyay

Answered by NewsBytes

Vaishali's determination has led her to success today and now she is planning to pursue Bachelors of Arts and wishes to become a History or Political Science lecturer. Meanwhile, Shyni, her tutor, will continue guiding her and she has been offered a scholarship by Mitra Jyothi.

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