MUMBAI: Having faced bullying and isolation from children her age, it was an effort for Nimilika Puppala, 16, to opt for regular schooling and appear for her class X examinations without attending coaching classes. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism) at an early age, Nimilika scored 83.6% in the CBSE class X boards.
“Her case is peculiar in many ways. Generally it is believed that children suffering from autistic spectrum disorders cannot cope with languages, but Nimilika could handle the challenge. After obtaining a disability certificate from Nair hospital she opted for three languages, English, Sanskrit and Hindi in the ninth standard,” said her father, Chandramohan Puppala.
As the board refused to accept three languages in class X, Nimilika’s determination was enough to get her to opt for another subject instead in January. “It was tough, but thankfully the school teachers and counsellor worked hard and the board finally allowed her to keep three languages,” he said.
With 83.6% in her kitty, Nimilika now aims at pursuing a course that nurtures her interests in music and writing.