MYSORE: Visually challenged S Kavya Shree worked diligently for her Doctoral Thesis and was awarded a PhD by the University of Mysore (UoM) for her research work on, ‘Dynamics of Administration in Karnataka with Special Reference to Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s Regime’.
With a keen interest in Political Science, she was greatly influenced by the administrative skills of the former chief minister of Karnataka, late Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah. Explaining her success, she said: “Though I have faced several problems in the beginning, I took it as a challenge and dedicated myself to get this PhD. I completed my schooling in Kannada medium. Later, I learnt English. I wish to study further and do a post doctoral research,” she said, detailing her future plans.“I have received a lot of support from friends and teachers in my venture,” she said and thanked her parents B Siddaramu, a retired Commercial Tax Inspector and Meenakshi, a housewife.
Claiming to be the first visually challenged woman in the state to get a PhD, she is now seeking a job as government teacher. “Her blindness did not deter her dreams of pursuing a PhD. Her dream was to become an IAS officer, but owing to financial and physical constraints, it was not possible,” said her mother, Meenakshi. “Hanumanthaiah is a torchbearer for today’s politicians. He has laid a strong foundation for other politicians to follow,” said Kavya.