Auto driver’s daughter now a ‘golden girl’

Just like dreams have no boundaries, happiness too, for a father whose daughter S Suma, after overcoming all financial hurdles, won 12 gold medals at the 96th Annual Convocation of University of Mysore (UoM) held on Monday.

“Wish I could describe my happiness through words for what I had dreamt has come true,” says visibly happy Srinivas, father of Suma, who drives an auto for living. “I am very happy to see my daughter graduating with so many medals. She made us very proud,” he went on to add.

Srinivas whose daily earning is barely sufficient to run his family of four, did not deprive her daughter of education. He wanted her daughter to achieve something great which he did not do it for himself. He admitted her daughter Suma to a private school for primary and secondary education and on her daughter’s wish, who perhaps had realised the financial status of the family, admitted her to a government college for graduation.

“I didn’t go to school and Suma’s mother Lakshmi has studied till Class 10. Suma was very interested in pursuing her education and was doing well. I never wanted my poor income to be an excuse to deny her education. And the outcome is in front of all. Her mother, who is working as an attender in Golf Club, has also supported her in helping her achieve the feat,” Srinivas told City Today.  

Suma attributed all her success to her parents and teachers. She said that the support and encouragement from her parents had brought her to this position. Suma praised her parents for ‘ensuring I pursue my studies without any difficulty though they were facing financial problems,” Suma told City Today.

“I was determined to do well in the exams. There was difficulty in getting textbooks but lecturers helped me by giving their personnel copies. I want to dedicate this achievement to my parents as well as teachers of Maharani’s College as without their continuous support I wouldn’t have realised my dream,” said Suma who completed her MSc in Chemistry from Maharani’s Science College with 86.3 percent.

Suma who aspires to become a teacher said that the day she starts working, she will ensure that her parents get all the comfort of life and ensure her little sister, who is now pursuing II PUC secures good education.

Students from poor background come out with flying colours

Suma was not only the one who excelled in her studies. K Pushpa, daughter of Krishnan and Meenakshi, won three gold medals and equal number of cash awards in BSc. Pushpa’s father works as a coolie at the APMC.

Realising the poor financial condition of her family, Pushpa, after finishing her college, in the evening and during holidays, worked as a salesgirl. As she was good in mathematics, she conducted tuitions classes for school and PU students.

“Though I secured 95.33 percent in II PU and was eligible for medicine and engineering, as I was interested in basic science I took BSc at Maharani’s College and managed to score overall 89 percent,” she added.

Another student, H N Soujanya, daughter of a farmer, bagged five gold medals and six cash awards. She said that though there were financial problems in the family, her parents wanted her to focus on studies and do well. “I want to take up research in Economics,” Soujanya said.


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