Usha Rani Deka (67) had been living with a regret almost the entire phase of her adulthood. When she had put her college dreams on hold due to various family and economic reasons, she had given up on the hope of achieving higher education. However, she’s set an inspiring benchmark for her community members by enrolling herself for a Bachelors’ programme under the Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University through CIRC Sonapur. Through her engagement with the CIRC, she has also learnt basic digital literacy and DTP tools, helping her come out with a few publications of her own.
Some of her publications include Bhaktimantra, Aai Barbasi and Mahiyashi.
A woman of Arabi village in Dimoria block of Assam, Usa Rani wants to be an inspiration for her community. She hopes to motivate other men and women to pursue education and not let their dreams be crushed due to barriers in their path.
“I had have always wanted to complete my graduation. Though it was not possible due to family reason, I am thankful to CIRC Sonapur for giving our community the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” says Usha Rani who lives with her daughter, widowed daughter-in-law and grandson.
“The digital literacy programme has boosted my confidence. Before joining CIRC Sonapur, we had no idea of how a computer operates but now I don’t only know how to operate a computer and have even bought myself one. Sometimes I spend hours on the computer and don’t even realise how much time has passed.”