Nigerian student bags 20 gold medals at UoM convocation

(From left) Meera Manohar Rao Anasane (10 Gold Medal), Sanjana Darala P (10 Gold Medal) and Emelife Stella Chinelo (20 Gold Medal) gold medal winners pose for a Photo during the 99th Annual Convocation of University of Mysore, organised at Crawford Hall i

My country is reeling under poverty, epidemics and mounds of industrial waste. My life’s goal is to find a solution to all ills through chemistry, said a beaming Emelife Stella Chinelo, the Nigerian girl who clinched a record 20 gold medals in MSc Chemistry, at 99th UoM convocation here on Sunday.

With a very healthy final grade point (FGP) of 9.263%, the golden girl, Emelife Stella Chinelo achieved a rare feat of plucking a record 20 gold medals and five
prizes.

“I am planning to pursue PhD at UoM. The quality of education and discipline at the varsity is extraordinary. My father Christopher, mother Carolene, husband John Amagbovov provided me the support and motivation to pursue my education in India,” Emelife
said.

Meera, Sanjana Shine

For 46-year-old Meera Manohar Rao Anasane, age is just a number. Meera, an advocate by profession, struck gold in MA Sanskrit, bagging 10 gold medals and one cash prize.

Meera’s husband Satish Baitule, is an employee of Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran, Mysuru, and the couple has 18-year old son, Samish Baitule.

Meera said, she studied Sanskrit during her school days at her native in Nagpur and at Mumbai.

Initially, she found the language difficult. But, after the family shifted to Mysuru, eight years back, she developed an interest in the language. Meera’s family members were all proud of her passion and interest in the language.

P Sanjana Darla has bagged 10 gold medals and three cash prizes for her excellence in MA Economics. Darla says, she was not expecting the top rank.

“When I joined the course, I was scared of the subject and had no hopes of excelling. But, I emerged a second topper in First Semester and that gave me confidence,” she said.

Disability no impediment

Visually challenged P V Nagaraj was honoured with Doctor of Philosophy in Kannada. With sheer grit, hard work and determination, he completed his thesis in less than five years. What’s more, he did it without taking any help from outside. Nagaraj prepared the thesis using ‘e-speak’ software and Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) technologies.

A total of 28,163 graduates, including 18,127 women, from various streams, were conferred with degrees.

Honorary doctorates were conferred on Mata Amritanandamayi Devi of Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt, Kollam, Kerala, in her absence, and on Karivrashabha Deshikendra Shivayogishwara Swami of Kadasiddeshwara Mutt, Nonavinakere, Tiptur.

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