S Kavya Shree, in spite of being visually challenged, worked diligently for her Doctoral Thesis and was successful in getting awarded Ph.D by the University of Mysore for her research work on, 'Dynamics of Administration in Karnataka with special reference to Kengal Hanumanthaiah's regime'.
With a keen interest in Political Science, she was greatly influenced by the administrative skills of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, late Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah, who was instrumental in the construction of Vidan Soudha and decided to do a Doctoral research about his administration of the State.
Explaining her success she said: “Though I faced several problems in the beginning, I took it as a challenge and dedicated myself towards getting this Ph.D. I completed my schooling in Kannada medium. Only later I learnt English and developed command over the language. I wish to study further and do post-doctoral research,” she said detailing her future plans.
"My daily routine comprised of listening to music and reading books for about seven hours. I have received a lot of support from friends and teachers in my venture.” She thanked her parents B Siddaramu, a retired Commercial Tax Inspector and Meenakshi, a house-wife.
Claiming that she is first woman in the State to get PhD, who is born blind,she is now seeking a job as a Government teacher.
Speaking about her daughter, mother Meenakshi said: “Her blindness did not deter her dreams of pursuing Ph.D. She is equally good in house-hold work and knows how to use computers. Her dream was to become an IAS officer, but owing to financial and physical constraints it was not possible. She has passed all her exams, right from first standard to post-graduate MA degree in political science, at the very first attempt, always securing a First Class,” added her father Siddaramu.
"Kengal Hanumanthaiah is a torchbearer for today's politicians. Being an able,honest and good administrator, he has laid a strong foundation for other politicians to follow," said Kavya speaking of her idol.
His capability in administering the affairs of the State are exemplary. Unification of Karnataka and construction of Vidhana Soudha are two great achievements of Kengal Hanumanthaiah, who also was a freedom fighter and was the second CM of Mysore State.