From Kerala to Paris - Journey of a Chirayinkeezhu native student on wings of govt schools
Thejaswini, a Chirayinkeezhu native woman has secured admission to a university in Paris to complete her PhD fellowship in Neurosciences. Her achievement is not only celebrated for her hard work but also for a proof that students who are educated in Malayalam-medium and government schools can be at the receiving end of such glorious achievements.
Thejaswini who completed BS-MS course from Indian Institute of Science and Research (IISER) in Thiruvananthapuram, has obtained research fellowship for PhD studies at the Centre for Neuro Sciences in Paris University.
“When we learn in our mother tongue, concepts become more clear and understandable. Our government schools are well-equipped and have modern facilities. It is not where we learn but what we learn is important,” says Thejaswini.
During school days, cultural festivals were my favourite part. She is trained in classical dance for ten years and have won many honours and awards. When in Plus Two, she had co-penned dramas and performed on stages. During those days, she wanted to be a film director.
"I never expected to build my career in a science stream. But the admission to IISER changed everything," she says.
Thejaswini completed her school studies from Chirayinkeezhu GUP school and Sarada Vilasam Higher Secondary School. She had scored full A+ grades in Class 10. She completed her Plus Two studies at Attingal BHSS.
According to Thejaswini, the only struggle a Malayalam-medium student faces is that she/he will have to learn a little English when in higher classes. However, with the support of parents and teachers, this would be a cakewalk.
"Nobody should be labelled talentless. When the right amount of help and encouragement is given, every student will shine bright and achieve success," she said.
Thejaswini joined the integrated BS-MS course at IISER after obtaining high marks in Plus Two. After completing the course, she applied for research at Paris University.
Nine persons have been selected for the fellowship this year. International level research facilities in Chronobiology and a stipend of Rs 1.5 lakh per month for three years are given through the fellowship. Thejaswini who is conducting research at IISER under Dr. Nisha N Kannan, will fly to Paris in October.
Thejaswini is the daughter of Chirayinkeezhu Sarkara native and Kochuveli railway station manager Susobhanan and Lali Shyam. Her brother Abhimanyu is a research fellow in Astrophysics at Mumbai Tata Institute.