Pursuing and completing a Master’s degree is one thing, topping your batch is a whole different ball game, and doing the same without eyesight is simply unbelievable.
This is what Febin Mariam Jose has accomplished, securing the first rank in M.A. Philosophy from Kerala University. Performing well in academics isn’t new for her–she had topped her B.A. Philosophy batch as well.
This illustrious student has joined the Civil Service Academy coaching classes, following her dream of becoming a civil servant.
Febin was studying at the International Indian School in Dammam of Saudi Arabia. It was during Class 12 that Febin lost her eyesight after taking chickenpox vaccinations. Ayurvedic and allopathic treatments couldn’t restore her vision. Unable to carry on schooling in Saudi Arabia, she returned to Kerala with her family and completed the course through the Open School System.
Determined to carry on, Febin clinched a seat in the B.A. Philosophy batch in the Government College for Women in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Moving to accommodation near the college, she managed to study by paying rapt attention in class and borrowing notes from classmates. Her mother would read out those notes to her in the evening.
In Matrubhumi, the proud mother talks about the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Philosophy that Febin received. It is a commendable feat, as it is the first time in 7 years that a student of the Women’s College has bagged a JRF in Philosophy in her first attempt. Febin’s mother is optimistic about her future and hopes her daughter will register for research in Kerala University, come July.
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The determined and hard-working Febin reads with the aid of Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) and writes the exams with the help of scribes.
Here’s hoping she fulfils her dream of joining the civil services.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)