The mourner of Prakkulam in Kollam district, this centenarian was the recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Award by the Central Government for her exceptional contribution to women empowerment.
He became the oldest student in 2012 to clear the fourth standard equivalent examination conducted by the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM).
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Conducted by the Women’s Literacy Mission, Kollam took part in the experiment and came up with a flying color with a total of 2,275 marks in mathematics and 205 out of full marks.
According to KSLM sources here, due to old age, Bhagirathi Amma had difficulty in writing the exam and it took three days to complete three question papers on environment, mathematics and Malayalam.
The woman who was always interested in studying and acquiring knowledge had to give up the dream of educating herself after the death of her mother due to caring for her younger siblings.
Bhagirathi Amma left formal education in the third grade at the age of 19.
His passion for studies was praised by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Narrating the story of Bhagirathi Ammar, Modi said in his radio address last year, “If we want to improve our lives, we must improve ourselves. If we want to achieve something in life, the first condition is that the student in us should never die. It won’t happen. ”
Family sources said that he left without fulfilling his dream of passing the 10th standard equivalent examination.
Bhagirathi Ammar has 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
One of her six children and three of her 15 grandchildren are no more, they added.