Nisitha Dudeja, first Miss Deaf Asia 2018 visits Lancers International School to motivate the students

It was indeed an awe inspiring moment for the students of Lancers International School when Miss Deaf Asia 2018, Nishtha Dudeja visited them, along with her parents. Nishitha is the first Indian to win the title at Miss Deaf World Pageant, who 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.

Students of Lancers International School with Miss Deaf Asia 2018 Nishtha Dudeja

What is more, Nisitha is nominated for a National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the category – Role Model. The award will be given by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind in December. The Lancers International School management felicitated Nishitha, while she also interacted with the students of Grade VI to IX, shared her experience and encouraged the students to work hard in life.

YK Sindwani, Head, Lancers International School, said: “It was an honour for us to have Nishtha Dudeja, Miss Deaf Asia 2018 visit us and inspire our students today. The students had a highly engaging and inspirational interactive session with Nishitha where she talked about her achievements despite having hearing challenges. Nishitha 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 Nishitha’s presence and we wish her all the success in her life.”

Speaking on the occasion Nishitha 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.”

Dana Paola, a student of Grade 8, Lancers International School, while not hiding her excitement, said: “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 Nisitha.”

The 23-year-old Haryana based Nishitha 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.

Ved Prakash, Nishtha’s father opined: “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.”

At the age of seven, she started playing Judo and won many medals. Nishitha 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, the UK and Deaflympics – 2017 held in Samsun, Turkey.

Currently, Nishitha is pursuing MA in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. Prior to this title, the Nishtha had also won the Miss Deaf India title on February 26, 2018, in Jaipur.

Nishitha 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.