Visually impaired person takes over as principal

K.M. Prabhu took charge as the principal of Chikkanna Govt. Arts College, Tirupur. He was among a group of people who took charge at various govt. colleges, but there is a slight twist to his story. He is the first visually impaired person to do so in the states. Dr. Prabhu (55), an English Language Teaching expert, had retinitis pigmentosa and his vision deteriorated during his school years. He completely lost sight by the time he finished school. Undeterred, he went on to qualify in English literature from Madras Christian College with flying colours, and then to complete his Ph.D. He served in Govt. Art College, Nandanam, for many years before he was deputed to BPS College, Haryana, to set up language labs for students. He created six such labs, and says he also managed to get the students to converse fluently in English within six months. Before taking change at Tirupur, he was Asst. Professor and Head of the Dept. (in-charge) Presidency College, Chennai.

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