Bangalore: Bushra Mateen, a 22-year-old civil engineering graduate from SLN College of Engineering in Raichur, Karnataka, has set a new record by winning 16 gold medals. On March 10, she received her medals at the varsity’s annual convocation, including the one for a topper.
She has the most gold medals in the history of Visvesvaraya Technological University, according to the university (VTU). The previous record for the most gold medals earned by a single student was 13.
For her exceptional feat, she has received praise from several well-known figures. Swara Bhaskar, a Bollywood actress, congratulated her and called out prejudices of the people who stereotype hijab.
“Congratulations, Bushra! Apparently, academic excellence & achievement and #Hijab are not mutually exclusive! In a tweet, do we need to be ‘liberated’ from our prejudices,” Swara said.
Bushra is aspiring for civil service. She has begun the process of preparing for civil service. Due to the same reason, she did not show up for the placement drive. She claims she wants to join the UPSC because it gives her a “larger canvas” on which to serve the country.
Bushra’s mother is a bachelor of arts, and her father is a junior civil engineer. “He has a civil engineering diploma.” Bushra said, “I accomplished his dream of acquiring a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.”