Submitted by Editor on Sat, 2016-05-21 10:14 Bengaluru: Maria John, who bagged Gold Medal (1st Rank) in VTU in MTech Computer Science, was facing two challenges when she appeared for her final exam - she was pregnant, and she wanted to excel in exam. Maria was a teacher before pursuing her master's and taught JAVA. She joined AMC Engineering College immediately after her marriage and in her second year, she was pregnant and yet submitted all get projects and assignments on time. “I'm really happy today. It was all my parents and teachers support. Though I was carrying and expecting in my final sem, everyone helped me so much mentally and motivated me," Maria said. "I used to study everyday and complete the portion then and there. I was never keeping it for tomorrow. Because, it's a danger to me, in case if something happens to my health. I would miss out on studying what has been taught." She used to study in early mornings and used to revise continuously. “It was really hard at times when I used to experience pain during class hours. But my teachers did not give up at all," Maria said. Asking about how she managed to write 3-hour long papers, Maria recalled that it was a challenge. "Chocolates and water bottles were the saviors for me. I got permission from the college to eat chocolates during the exam, since I was feeling hungry too often. I managed it by having chocolates and drinking water during the 3 hours of my exam." "My further plans is to continue my studies. I want to do my PhD and focus on that presently. No one in my family is against my academic choices." Special care by the college Srinivas, Principal of AMC Engineering College said, "We gave special attention to her because she was carrying. We had teachers who were mentoring her continuously and did not give up. Securing gold medal with this situation is a real hard work of her and our teachers who stood with her all the time.” Total of 9 students from AMC Engineering College secured ranks in top 10 in the recently announced results. Adding to this was a big feather in the cap 2 Gold Medalists – Maria, and Aruna Reddy in MTech Information Science.