[AI] The will to win!

Subramani L lsubramani.visa at gmail.com
Wed Aug 4 00:56:13 EDT 2010


I am proud to say that Porkodi, mentioned in the article, was my
classmate in Masters between 1994-96. She has been a social worker
right from her college days. Very inspiring person and I am happy to
learn that she is doing phenominal work for the community.

Subramani



On 8/2/10, saravanan.ramadoss1 <saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> The will to win
> From the streets to the college classroom, the path of Kaiser's life is lit
> by her enthusiasm to excel.
>
> Photo: R. Ragu
>
> Kaiser
>
> As Kaiser walks through the campus of Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai,
> she is overcome by a myriad of emotions. The campus is buzzing with activity
> as
> the academic year has just started. She walks from her hostel to classroom
> brimming with confidence and chatting with her friends all the while. Not
> until
> she takes the help of a friend to climb a staircase or opens her Braille
> textbook does one realise that she is visually-challenged. Fifteen years
> ago,
> Kaiser would not have imagined that she would step into one of the famous
> campuses on the road that was a virtual home for her and her mother. Her
> transformation
> from being a destitute to an undergraduate student was made possible by two
> institutions in the city - The Banyan and the Ethiraj College for Women.
>
> Kaiser's extraordinary story of transition began in 1997, when Porkodi of
> The Banyan and its student volunteers rescued Kaiser and her mother from the
> bus
> stop near Ethiraj College. "Kaiser was blind and her mother was mentally
> ill. A few months later, we sent her to Little Flower Convent. When she was
> in
> Class VII, a surgery was done and after that she can see light and dark. She
> continues to be partially blind and uses Braille books," says Ms. Porkodi.
>
> "Kaiser is hardworking, focused and sincere. She had a clear vision about
> her future," says Vandana Gopikumar, founder of The Banyan. Kaiser made her
> mentors
> and well-wishers proud by securing 918 marks out of 1200 in Class XII. "Even
> though Kaiser applied to various colleges in the city, it was Ethiraj
> College
> that invited her for admission, and encouraged her to opt for history," says
> Ms. Gopikumar. In the classroom she attentively listens to lectures and
> reads
> Braille textbooks.
>
> "Our college, especially the history department, is well-equipped to handle
> and support visually-challenged students as we admit such candidates every
> year,"
> says M. Thavamani, college principal. "Some of Kaiser's service-minded
> classmates will assist her and also she can use the book-reading software
> available
> in the library."
>
> Kaiser was keen on doing psychology and later dedicating herself to social
> work. But as the subject of psychology requires field work which may not be
> practically
> possible for her to do, she opted for history. "I am happy to have taken up
> B.A. History. I now plan to study for the IAS examination. It is my dream
> and
> I am willing to work very hard to realise my dream," says Kaiser.
>
> "With her dedication and keen mind, I am sure she will realise her dream one
> day," says Ms. Gopikumar. Vision is not just a matter of physical ability.
> As the Kaiser story signifies, it is about determination too.
>  The source taken from
> The Hindu, Education plus August 2, 2010.
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