Mysore, Mar. 7 (KK&SH)- The large gathering in the Crawford Hall in Manasagangotri here on Friday witnessing the 90th Convocation of the University of Mysore was electrified as was reflected by the thunderous applause and standing ovation greeting M.P. Shalini, visually impaired, attired in a white saree while she clambered up the dais helped by her mother Parvathamma.

Shalini, who took the final BA (History) exam of the University, secured two gold medals and a cash prize, which she received from Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in the convocation.

Shalini, daughter of M. Putta-swamy and Parvathamma, hails from M.B. Halli, 15 km from Mysore. Like her, Shalini's elder brother M.P. Kiran is also visually challenged from birth. The family resides near Lakshmi Tal-kies on Chamaraja Double Road.

Shalini, in all humility, recounted her tale of success with media persons. She became blind within months after birth and was determined to establish herself in society, she said.

"My father taught me in the same manner as he was teaching his other students. I used to write examinations with the help of others. Now I have secured gold medals. I also know how to use the computer," she added.

She is also an accomplished debator at college level and has won many prizes in competitions.

Shalini's aim in life is to become an IAS officer. She is preparing to write the IAS exams. She gratefully acknowledges the unfailing support from her parents. She takes pride in saying that her accomplishment may inspire even those who are not visually challenged. "I am an eye-opener," she said humbly. Those who want to compliment her may do so on Mob: 99868-01248.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore