Out of the 704 students who received their degrees at the 62nd annual convocation of Panjab University on Sunday, there were some who stood out in the crowd.
Despite being visually-impaired, Dr Kiran completed her PhD under the guidance of Dr Madhurima from Panjab University. She said she was self-motivated and wanted to become a professor one day. Kiran lost her sight when she developed brain fever while pursuing BSc (Nursing) 20 years ago. After that she was selected as a teacher in the Institute of Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh. She completed BA, MA and PhD through correspondence from Panjab University. She was appointed assistant professor in Panjabi University in 2011.
Unable to hide her happiness, she said, “I wanted to do achieve something in my life.
Initially, I was hoping that I will regain my sight but that did not happen. My parents took me to a rehabilitation centre in Ludhiana where director EM Johnson was in-charge despite being visually impaired. I took inspiration from him and completed my studies through computer software, which helped me learn and recall things.”
Kirti, who is also visually-impaired, has done her BA (regular) and MA-Music (vocal). She said, “It is because of the family support that I have been able to pursue my studies. I will try to pursue PhD from Panjab University.”
Leena Samuel is another girl who stood out by winning two gold medals in her masters course. She got her first gold medal when she topped in MA (History of Art) in 2009 and repeated her feat when she got the second gold medal as she secured first position in MA (Painting). She aspires to be dean of a college.
A 50-year-old man who has completed his PhD from Panjab University, Dr Kewal Singh, believes that the degree will help him reach the position of professor. He is currently working as associate professor in Khalsa College, Jalandhar. “I wanted to surge ahead and I think that people should not consider age as a barrier. There are many in life to be achieved,” said Singh.