Loses sight at 17; Febin fights destiny by bagging 1st rank in BA, MA exams
Though Febin lost her vision at the age of 17 years, she is determined to inspire all others with her story. With unbeatable confidence, Febin Mariam Jose has now secured first rank in MA Philosophy from Kerala University. Earlier, she had bagged first rank in BA Philosophy too. She has joined Civil Service Academy coaching classes as she is a civil service aspirant.
Febin lost her vision when she was in Plus Two after taking vaccination for chickenpox. Though she received Ayurvedic and Allopathic treatments, her sight could not be retrieved. She completed her schooling from International Indian School in Dammam of Saudi Arabia. But as she could not continue pursuing Plus Two, their family returned to Kerala, and she completed the course through Open School system.
Febin decided not lose the game to her destiny, and got admission to BA Philosophy in Government College for Women in Thiruvananthapuram. She moved to a flat near the college. She managed to study by learning on the spot from the class and by taking notes from classmates. Her mother Lissy read out the notes to Febin in the evenings.
After post-graduation, she also received Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Philosophy. A student of Women’s College gets JRF in Philosophy in first attempt for the first time in past 7 years, and Febin has got that credit, said Febin’s mother Lissy. Febin hopes to register for research in Kerala University in July. She reads with the help of Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) and write the exams with the assistance of scribes.
Febin is the daughter of Pathanamthitta native John Jose, who works as insurance manager in a Saudi firm, and Lissy Kunchacko. Her sister Flemin Anna Jose is a student of BDS in Varkala.