Bhubaneswar, Nov 23: A vocally impaired transgender from Odisha has obtained PhD in Biology from the Utkal University.
With the highest academic achievement, she has been invited by the President’s Secretariat to be awarded the coveted Presidential Award 2023, being the first Trans to clinch the highest academic degree.
The proud Odia has been identified as Deepa Sahu who hails from the Haripur Road area in the Cuttack city.
Deepa is going to receive the award from President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on December 30.
Odisha Transgender community on being informed of it, rejoiced after Deepa was intimated in this regard through a communiqué from the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday.
Sources said, Deepa was a quite normal boy in his early days. Strange behaviour worried his parents and family friends when Deepa grew up to 12 and studied in Class VI. Deepa’s behaviour and demeanour began changing and his attitude became mostly. However, Deepa did not cringe back for fears of social slandering, but she braved all odds to continue her studies in co-educational institutions.
Meanwhile she met with an accident and subsequently, she lost her vocal power and became dumb. Even after undergoing an invasive surgery, she could not get her speech back.
Physically impaired Deepa has now set an example for the youth community by dint of her perseverance and impervious determination which helped her notch up unprecedented success.
Deepa through a joyful gesture and posture expressed her triumph over social anomaly and orally impairment while she was greeted for her accomplishment.