Dr. K. Radhabai


Dr. K. Radhabai born on 30th May, 1960 in Usilampatti, Madurai District, a place of high rate for female infanticide. She is visually impaired and credits her father V. Krishnamoorthy, a Tamil Teacher for encouraging her to deal with visual impairment in a positive way. 

She moved to Chennai in 1969 and studied in school for visually impaired in class 4 and 5. She completed her SSLC in 1977 at the age of 17; stood first in her class. She joined PUC in Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College of Arts and Science and came first in the class of 104 students. She was helped by her Principal to complete BA degree in history. After securing 2nd rank in MA history she did her doctoral studies (Ph.D) from Bharathidasan University in 1991. She was the first impaired lady to be awarded Ph.D., in South India. 

She joined as Assistant Lecturer in Government Arts & Science College for women, Pudukottai in 1994 and later became Head of Department and retired in 2018. In spite of being impaired she has been very successful in her academic positions she held over 24 years.

She has participated in many international seminars and conferences mainly relating to Motivating and Preparing Blind Women for Leadership role, Empowerment of Women and Changing Trends in India. She has penned many publications which include poems in Tamil and articles on blindness. She also authored An Introduction to Visual Impairment– a text book for student for special education. She has also written many articles in magazines and journals.


Outstanding Visually Handicapped Woman for the Year 1988

instituted by the National Association for the Blind, Mumbai

Outstanding Young Person’s Award

by Jaycees club, Trichy in 1988

Outstanding Youth Award

by Rotary club of Madras West in 1988

Outstanding Woman Award

by Annanagar Mahalir Mantram, Trichy in 1992.

Outstanding Woman Award

by International Culture Federation, Trichy in 1993.

Mother Therasa Memorial Award for Social Services

by Kalaiman Abdul Khdar Memorial Trust, Pudukottai in 2003

Conferred with the title “Karutholichemmal”

by Pudukottai Illakkiya Peravai in 2003.

Best Woman award 2004

by Mahalir Thittam, Pudukottai

Woman Achievers Award

by Trichy Ladies Circle No. 33.2004

Innovative Teacher

in 2005 by SCAN Foundation Chennai

Best Teacher Award

by Kavirasan Charitable Trust, Pudukottai in 2006

Best College Professor Award

by Rotary Club of Pudukottai for the year 2009

Best Employee

Government of Tamil Nadu in 2009