Belli Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, M.A graduate, Stella Maris, Madras, 1965

    "I am Belli Lakshmi Ramakrishnan. This is a photograph of me taken in 1980. I am the first women graduate, post-graduate and Tamil Nadu State level gazette officer from my family. I can also proudly claim to be the first woman Post Graduate and first woman Gazette officer from The Nilgiris District, and... Continue Reading →

Arati Banerjee, B.A graduate, Agra University, 1954

"Arati Banerjee ( 82 years;) Graduated in 1954. Agra University. BA in English/History/Sanskrit Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. BT ( Allahabad University) Arati Banerjee nee Mukherjee completed her graduation in 1954 from Agra University in English, Sanskrit and History. One among 14 children in a middle-class family, Ms Banerjee’s thirst for knowledge was probably... Continue Reading →

Manashi Guha, B.A, Dacca University, 1946

  "My grandmother on my mother’s side, Manashi Guha (nee Dasgupta), who we call Didu, was the first graduate in our family from Dacca University in 1946 with Philosophy and Mathematics. In the wake of the Partition, she came to Calcutta with her family and began working in an office of the Labour Department of... Continue Reading →

C. Amba Bai, B.A., Maharaja’s College, Mysore University, 1922

  Photo taken in 1901 C.Amba Bai, the First Woman Graduate in My Family "This is the story of my great-grand mother Chennagiri Amba Bai (1889-1970), married at 12 and widowed at the age of 24, with three young children to support. Amba Bai, affectionately called Ambi, was born into an orthodox Brahmin family in... Continue Reading →

Kaveri J., graduate, APC Mahalakshmi College for Women, Tuticorin, 1979-80

  "Kaveri J graduated from A.P.C Mahalakshmi College for Women, Tuticorin (Madurai Kamaraj University), with a B.Sc in Mathematics in 1979-80. When she was in School, Kaveri's parents had no plans of getting her educated further. Around this time, the A.P.C Mahalakshmi College for Women was started, and to get more enrollment in the area, the college authorities... Continue Reading →

Kamala Ramanujam, BA, Government College, Kumbakonam, 1946

"Our great grandmother, Kamala Ramanujam was the first graduate from our family.  She did her B.A Graduation from all men Government college at Kumbakonam (It was considered as Cambridge of South India).  A special permission was obtained to study in a college for men.  There was one more woman who studied with her. She graduated... Continue Reading →

G.K. Meenambal, graduate of the Lady Willingdon Institute (year unknown to us)

A certificate from the school that GK Meenambal spent many years at and retired from as Assistant Headmistress With her sister and brother-in-law   With her brother A group photo "Prajnya Trust's call for articles from readers of "The Hindu" regarding the first woman graduate in the family has evoked nostalgic thoughts of our Great Grand... Continue Reading →

Girija Jayanandan, graduate, PSGR Krishnammal College, Coimbatore, 1967

    Girija Jayanandan received a BA degree in English Literature, in April 1967, at the PSGR Krishnammal College, Coimbatore. "I was the first graduate in my family of ten children [three boys and seven girls of whom one brother and five sisters survived], and I was the ninth child who grew up smelling food... Continue Reading →

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