It's not commonplace to be visually challenged and then crack India's toughest management entrance test or become a professor of philosophy at a reputed university. But two Jaipur women have done just that.
Vinita Nair, an assistant professor of philosophy at University of Rajasthan, and Paridhi Verma, a postgraduate student at the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow, lost their sight gradually. Now, Nair is left with 5% vision while Verma has 10%.
This year, 34-year-old Nair fought a legal battle to get her appointment in the university, and Verma, 19, entered the hallowed portals of the IIM, becoming the youngest person in her batch.
Nair completed an MPhil and a PhD degree and was teaching in private colleges when the Rajasthan University advertised for the post of assistant professors in November 2012.
For six posts in the philosophy department, there was just one unreserved post, and she claimed it as a person with a disability, but the university's administration refused her the job.