Challenging dyslexia, Thrissur girl gets ready to become PhD holder
Thrissur: People who watched the movie ‘Tare Zameen Par’ will not forget Ishan Avasthi, a student suffering from dyslexia and his teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh. The movie portrayed the story of the teacher who finds the talent in his dyslexic student. In Thrissur, life of Niveditha and her teacher MP Vasantha Kumari is almost similar to the movie.
Holding her favourite teacher’s hand, Niveditha B Warrier, a student who is suffering from dyslexia above 40 percent, is getting ready to become a PhD holder.
In childhood, Niveditha was an introvert. She used to remain alone as other children never wanted to befriend her and addressed her as ‘idiot’. When everyone thought that she will not be good in studies, she continued her higher studies. Now, Niveditha is busy with the preparation of her PhD project presentation.
Niveditha, a PhD student in English literature at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kalady will present her project this week. She passed her MPhil in English literature in first class. When toppers find difficulty to clear UGC exam, Niveditha cleared the UGC Junior Research Fellowship and NET with flying colours.
Niveditha is daughter of Babu R Warrier and Athira of Guruvayur. She has no idea on how to interact with people. So she always remained isolated in school.
When teacher writes 9 on the blackboard, she found it as 6. When she writes ‘1’, it appeared as ‘0’. Teachers treated her as an idiot. So she became an introvert day by day.
Her learning disorder called ‘dyslexia’ was identified when she was studying in 9th standard. Social science teacher MP Vasantha Kumari identified her problem. Being committed to her profession, Vasantha Kumari decided to train Niveditha to overcome the problem.
After school, the teacher took her student to her home at Viyyur for special classes. She let Niveditha study on her own way. Niveditha was also taken for counselling of learning disorder. But even after taking various steps to overcome the problem, Mathematics turned a villain.
So, she replaced Mathematics with Drawing for CBSE 10th standard examinations. Surprising all, Niveditha passed the exam with 78 percent marks. She completed her graduation in English with 85 percent marks and post-graduation with 70 percent marks. She also worked as guest lecturer at Alappuzha SD college for 6 months. During this period, she had dreamt to become a PhD holder.
Though her main subject is English Literature, she is doing her PhD in disability studies.