Prabha Chitnis - Education knows no age barriers
says getting education is only a young person's
dream? 72 year old Mrs Prabha Chitnis has successfully
completed the Medical Transcription Course from
Pune's Voice Soft School of Medical Transcription.
Mrs Chitnis who has done her B.Sc from
Mumbai University wanted to be a doctor but luck
prevented her and she ended up marrying a Doctor.
When her husband passed away in 1990, she decided
to continue her education as she was getting bored
sitting at home. She decided to do LLB then which
she subsequently passed.
Earlier this year having heard so much about Medical
Transcription, it rekindled her old ambition
to do something in Medicine and she approached
Voice Soft School for admission. Admits Indrajit
Rane, the Director, "We were surprised
that a person of her age was wanting to do a course
in IT enabled services."
The lady was not deterred, also she had her family
behind her. She says, "They asked me to go
ahead with my plans but only asked me to not to
A lady who believes in doing things well or not
doing them at all, has never missed a class or
been late to one, even though she had the early
morning class at 6 am. Mr. Rane concurs, "She
would never bunk or be late. She followed all
the instructions given to her very faithfully,
she would approach the staff members if she had
about her experiences, she says, "For elderly
persons like me, the course is diffucult. The
course must be done by youngsters and most of
the students who were attending the course are
Though she is critical of the new generation,
she says, "They would hardly attend class.
They took the studies lightly and were more busy
in other things then studies."
Talking about the school itself, she says, "Voice
Soft is giving good facilities and they attend
to the students. They give us training in accents
and also relaxation exercises."
Having completed her course successfully, not
only theory but also the practicals, Mr. Rane
says, "MT is not that easy to pass, people
pass the theory exam but have trouble in the practical
side. She has proved to be a capable student by
scoring over 99% in both Theory and Practicals."
Though the academy has a production unit and has
offered her a job, the lady is not very keen to
take up a full time job.
Mr. Rane says, "She is a retired person,
she has social obligations, we will have to place
her on a part time job as she wants to continue
with her social life."
By Rahul Surkund
Photos-Courtesy- Stellar Public Relations