Meet this women, who is relentlessly serving society for the past four decades. 56-year-old Dr B Nirmala is the woman, who has bagged several awards for her outstanding individual achievements in the field of health, education and social service making one mesmerise.
She has been educating rural women on matters related to health and legal issues, food hygiene, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse by conducting rallies, camps. Since 1997 she is actively involved in creating awareness among people about eye donation, body and blood donation. Because of her relentless efforts she has been successful in registering around 6000 people for eye pledging.
With the vision 'Tree Planting is part of life', she has motivated several people to plant at least one or two trees in their life-time. She has taken initiative to plant around 9850 saplings during the camp activities and other social service programmes organised by various NGO's. She has to her credit of donating more than 1.5 lakh books for needy people.
She has so far conducted more than 30 camps across State, of which she has organised 11 camps from Maharani's Science College, where she has rendered service as NSS officer for more than 15 years. At present she is serving as Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Hindi in the same college.
Another interesting feature of Nirmala is she is a national level cricket player. She has played for Karnataka and Rajasthan in 1989 and 1980 respectively. She represented Karnataka as one of the organisers in-charge of pitch during one day women's world cup cricket.
Over the past 45 years she has been conferred with state, national and international awards. She has bagged more than 700 awards and prizes, 32 medals of honour. Some notable ones being Mother Therasa Gold Medal Award, Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal Award, Best NSS Officer Award from Karnataka Government, Shining Image of India Gold Medal Award, National Vocational Excellence award and Environmental Award. She has also excelled in literary field composing poems for over 200 Hindi movies and has penned several articles.
She said her parents late Mallamma and GM Battimallappa, retd DAG of GoK, IAAS have played major role in her life and motivated her lot in every step. "Since a child I was interested to do social service. While I was in fourth standard, I carried a medical kit along with me to school to treat if someone got injured," she said smilingly.
“Women should be bold and develop an attitude of positive thinking. Should learn to face problems courageously, and not to give up at any stage of life,” is her motivation words.
Ranks to her credit
Dr.Nirmala, a Doctorate degree holder has bagged first rank in BA (Hons) Sociology, fourth rank in MA Sociology from Rajasthan University, first rank in MA Hindi with four gold medals and second rank in M.Phil from Bangalore University.