BENGALURU: Bushra Mateen, a 22-year-old civil engineering graduate of SLN College of Engineering, Raichur, will walk away with 16 gold medals, the highest won by any student of Visvesvaraya Technological University, at the varsity’s annual convocation on March 10. The tally includes the VTU gold medal for the topper as well as endowment medals.
According to the university, the highest number of gold medals won earlier by a single student was 13.
Bushra decided not to appear for the placement drive in her college and instead prepare for UPSC exam. “When I started with the course, I wanted to work for the government as that is the best place to work as a civil engineer. Later, I realised I wanted to go for UPSC as it provides a bigger canvas to serve the country. I started preparing from November,” she said.
Bushra said her father is a junior civil engineer and mother a bachelor in arts. “He did diploma in civil engineering. I fulfilled his dream of getting a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering,” she said, adding that though she initially wanted to take up computer science, she decided to opt for the civil stream in order to remain in Raichur.
“If I choose computer science, I should go to a city and study in a top college where I bag good placements. But the civil stream is evergreen. I can be anywhere and do civil engineering,” she said, adding: “There were 23 girls in our class of 70. It is not right to believe civil is only for boys.”
Bushra completed schooling from St Mary’s convent and PU from Pramana PU College in Raichur. “It is extremely important for women to get educated. They should be empowered to take their own decisions. And education is the most important way to do that,” she said.