Ø Nishtha shared her journey of struggle and success
Ø First Indian girl to become Miss Deaf Asia 2018
Ø She will also receive a National Award in December for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the category of ‘Role Model’.
Gurugram, November 24, 2018: It was an inspiring moment for the students of Lancers International School when Miss Deaf Asia 2018, Nishtha Dudeja visited them today. She was accompanied by her parents.
Ms. Dudeja is the first Indian to win the title at Miss Deaf World Pageant. She won ‘Miss Deaf Asia 2018’ title at the 18th edition of Miss and Mister Deaf World -Europe -Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 recently held at Prague, Czech Republic. She is nominated for a National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the category – Role Model. The award will be given by Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind in December.
The Lancers International School management felicitated her. The beauty queen also interacted with the students of Grade VI to IX, shared her experience and encouraged the students to work hard in life.
“It was an honour for us to have Ms. Nishtha Dudeja, Miss Deaf Asia 2018 visit us and inspire our students today. The students had a highly engaging and inspirational interactive session with Ms Dudeja where she talked about her achievements despite having hearing challenges. Ms Dudeja shared her mantra for success with our students- “Never give up and follow your heart, nothing is impossible”. Today’s interaction has left a long lasting impact and impression on these young minds and I am sure they have had an experience of a life time. We are very thankful for Ms. Dudeja’s presence and we wish her all the success in her life.”, said Y.K. Sindwani, Head, Lancers International School.
Speaking on the occasion Dudeja said, “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes determination and hard work. We should always work hard in our life to achieve our dreams. I am thankful to the Lancers International School for their love and support.”
“We are honoured to have Nishtha Dudeja in our school. She is a woman of myriad qualities, who has inspired us to cherish the simple things in life. Her never to give up attitude is what inspired me the most. I am thankful to Lancers for providing us the opportunity to interact with her.”Said Dana Paola, a student of Grade 8, Lancers International School.
The 23-year-old Haryana girl suffers from a severe profound hearing loss (100% deafness) in both ears since birth. Nishtha was always a very bright student from her school days, who was always keen on learning something new in her life. The beauty queen also plays judo and lawn tennis and has played many international matches.
“When Nishtha was small she was known with my name. But now, the scenario has changed, I’m known to the world with my daughter’s name. I really feel proud when people call me Nishtha’s father. So my suggestion to you all is to take her as an inspiration and make your parents proud.” Said Mr. Ved Prakash, Nishtha’s father.
At the age of 7, she started playing Judo and won many medals. She has been an international Lawn tennis player since the age of 12, played many AITA, Asian Tour Tennis, and ITF tournaments. She represented India thrice in International games viz. Deaflympics – 2013 held in Sofia, Bulgaria, World Deaf Tennis Championship – 2015 held in Nottingham, UK and Deaflympics – 2017 held in Samsun, Turkey.
Currently, she is pursuing M.A in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. Prior to this title, the beautiful Nishtha Dudeja had also won the Miss Deaf India title on February 26, 2018, in Jaipur.
Dudeja is also the brand ambassador for Sivantos India Pvt Ltd. (Formerly Siemens hearing Instruments Pvt Ltd.) the world’s leading brand of hearing aids, having about 25 per cent market share globally.