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Meet Odisha's first blind woman to complete her thesis

It took nearly eight years of struggle for Manjulata Panda who had to travel to distant places, access literature printed in Braille and interview over 200 blind persons to earn her Ph. D degree.

Manjulata is the first blind woman in the history of Odisha to achieve her Ph. D degree from Utkal University.

Her topic was 'Employment status of visually-impaired persons in public and private sector' and she had to collect information from libraries, the Internet and other sources.

To make sure her research was original, Manjulata documented the lives of employed and unemployed blind youths and women in the state.

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