Ballari girl, who moonlights as a puncture shop repairer, tops in state in PU Arts

By Kumuda H
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Ballari, Apr 17: The mobile phone of Devendrappa, who runs a roadside puncture repair shop at Kottur in Ballari district, has not stopped ringing since Monday. No, it is not the customers who are seeking him, but it is his daughter who has been flooded with congratulatory messages on his phone, for topping the state in Arts section in the recently held II PU exam.

Kusuma Ujjani has secured 594 out of 600 in the Arts Section with centum in three subjects – Political Science, Optional Kannada and History. While she has secured 96 in Kannada language, she has got 99 each in Education and Sanskrit.

A student of Indu Independent PU College in Kottur, Kusuma’s achievement is no less inspirational.

Her father Devendrappa has studied up to 7th standard while her mother is an illiterate. “But, along with other siblings, I have been fortunate enough to be supported by our parents to pursue studies,” says Kusuma. While Devendrappa ekes out a living by fixing flat tyres, his wife works as an agricultural labourer to support their four children.

The couple has beaten the odds to ensure that their children are well educated. Kusuma’s older sister holds M.Com and B Ed and another sister is studying B Sc. Her older brother has dropped out after SSLC and now helps their father in the shop.

Kusuma has been a bright student throughout. She had secured 92 per cent in SSLC exam.

“I wanted to pursue Science considering my good score in Class X. But due to financial constraints, I had to bury my dream and pursue, Arts. Nevertheless, I enjoyed studying Arts and Political Science is my favourite,” reveals Kusuma.

Kusuma said that her parents never egged on her to study hard. “They never pressurised me or my sisters. However, I made it a point to revise the chapters regularly and dedicate a time – whenever I can – for studies,” says Kusuma. For, during her spare time, Kusuma helps her dad in his shop.

In fact, her college, Indu Independent PU College has been topping the Arts Scene in II PU exam since 2015. The college holds preparatory exams – at least 10 – to ensure wards are better equipped to face the final exam. Result: The college has bagged all the top five positions in the State in the Arts stream.

“We have a great faculty who treat us like their own children. We are coached throughout the year, never compromising on the quality of time,” says Kusuma. This year, there were 850 students in her batch and the fact that the batch has secured 100 per cent result, speaks volumes of the teachers’ endeavour.

Now that she has topped the state, Kusuma wants to take up civil services exam. But she wants to take up a job now and help her family. “Despite my sisters having a good degree, they do not have government jobs, yet. Sometimes, I feel dejected. But my parents’ struggle motivates me to have higher goals,” says Kusuma.

The youngest of four siblings, Kusuma is not just a bookworm. She loves singing and dancing, which she has not been able to pursue, so far, rues Kusuma. But she is a great cook, though. “I can dish out jowar rotis and holige any time,” says this young girl.


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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congratulations to a hard working girl.Govt should support to such familys for a higher studies with grants or whatever it is.write to Modi.she seems to be a very smart girl with talents.Hope she gets a good job.

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  • Honnappa, Byadagi

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congratulations Kusuma. You have shown that hard work and dedication can bring success irrespective of financial status of a person. All the best.

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  • saquib, byndoor

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    well done sister congrats

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Great achievement Indeed.

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  • Manjunatha, Kasaragodu

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congrats. You are an inspiration. May God bless you and fulfill all your dreams, and may you and your family reap huge rewards for all the hard work that you people have put in.

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  • Santosh, Manglore.

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congratulation to whole family. God bless you with health and happiness!

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  • jason, kuwait/mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    congrats sis, may god bless u

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  • Thomas Lobo, Thottam/Udupi/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congrats,.. Kusuma, Great Talent. May God Bless You.

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  • Laila Pinto, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congratulations to Kusuma & her proud parents. Wish you all the best for the future..

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Great achievement.
    Government should come forward and help in her further studies. Wish you all the best.
    Very good idea to take Civil service examinations.

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  • Francis Saldanha, Bahrain

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Ballari Girl Kusuma Ujjain, Well done!
    Your excellent results will open new doors of opportunities. May you have continued success and happiness...

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  • Rajesh, Manglore

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    State govt. Should help her to further studies. This is my humble request.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    This girl from her childhood has seen her parents struggling for livelihood to meet the needs.And her parents wanted that her child should not struggle in life .Hard work,efforts and determination has got the prize.Well done Ballari girl Kusuma.

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  • mlur, Mlur

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congratulations Kusuma. Great Talent.

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  • Flora Dsouza, kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    So sweet!! Hearty congrats and God bless her with a best career. Proud of her!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Kusuma Ujjani, you have made entire Karnataka Proud ...

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    God Bless dear....................................

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  • Vedam, Kudla

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Congrats sister. May god bless you.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Hearty congratulations to this Girl.
    There's a saying, necessity is mother of all inventions.
    Poor are generally most needy so they work hard and succeed.
    In Western countries, America, they faced world wars, were very hardworking. Now they have a lot, so present generation hardly work.
    In Gulf countries, they want to give jobs to locals but they hardly work. Sufficiency spoiling!

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