One such hijab-wearing Muslim student is Bushra Mateen, hailing from Raichur, Karnataka, who has created history by becoming the first student from the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) to bag 16 gold medals.
Bushra Mateen, a Civil Engineering graduate from Raichur’s SLN College, was awarded the medals at the VTU’s 21st Annual Convocation.
VTU Vice-Chancellor Dr Karisiddappa praised Mateen for her achievement. According to the Vice-Chancellor, the previous record for the maximum number of gold medals won was 13, which has now been shattered by Bushra Mateen. Clad in Hijab, Mateen’s achievements came amid the state barring Muslim female students from wearing the Islamic veil in schools and colleges.
The Karnataka High Court upheld the Hijab ban in a blow to the students who had filed petitions against the controversial order.
Congress leader, N.S Boseraju, also visited Bushar’s house to congratulate her on her “great achievement in the history of Kalyana Karnataka.” Some of the accolades won by Bushra Mateen are SG Balekundri gold medal, Murthy’s Medal of Excellence, Jyothi gold medal, N Krishnamurthy Memorial gold medal, JNU University gold medal, VTU gold medal, and RN Shetty gold medal. She also won two cash prizes.
In a video message, Bushra Mateen thanked Allah Almighty and her family members, who, she says, supported her completely for her achievements. She urged girls to focus on their studies. She also urged the youth to work hard and with strong determination to realize their dreams so that they can achieve high success.
Surprisingly, “The Hindu” has requested the Facebook admin not to allow her video on Facebook
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