Did Deepika Padukone study in IGNOU? Actress once said, 'I’m just a 12th pass'
Deepika Padukone had enrolled for a short-term course in IGNOU for further studies but could never finish it; read details
Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-grossing actresses in India. She is one of the most poised and well-spoken celebs from the film industry too. She features in listings of the nation's most popular personalities, and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
However, Deepika had once admitted that she found it difficult to finish her 11th and 12th grade in her hometown of Bengaluru and finally abandoned attempts to complete her college education.
The actress left her studies midway to become an actress. Deepika had joined Mount Carmel in Bangalore but never completed her studies there. Later, she also enrolled for a short-term course in IGNOU for further studies, but could never finish it.
In 2007, IGNOU's registrar Srikant Mohapatra had told PTI about Deepika's admission. He said, "Deepika is a student of BA course in IGNOU since 2005. She has opted for sociology as her major with economics as a subsidiary subject."
Mohapatra also added, "She has appeared in five papers at the end of the first year in 2006. She has done well in the exams." Deepika's subjects were Sociology, where she studied about, Study of Society, Society in India, Sociological Thought, Society and Stratification, Society and Religion and Social Problems in India.
Similarly, in Economics, which she has taken as a subsidiary subject, Padukone will study Fundamentals of Economics and Agricultural Development in India. Also, apart from Sociology and Economics, The Piku actress has taken up Nutrition and Childcare as an application course.
In an event, Deepika talked about her education. She said,“Even my 11th and 12th, I struggled to finish. I was already a very successful model, and I was based in Bengaluru but I had to keep travelling to Delhi and Mumbai for work. I couldn’t keep up. Then I ultimately finished my 12th and I tried to do one year of my degree. I couldn’t do that, I then tried to do distance education, I couldn’t complete that as well so I’m just a 12th pass."
Deepika's parents, Prakash and Ujjawala Padukone, reacted as any middle-class family would. “My parents back then had a big issue with that because they always wanted me to only start working after having a basic college degree. The very conservative Indian way of looking at it is that you need to have something to fall back on.”
On the work front, Deepika has a good line-up of films like The Intern remake, Shakun Batra’s yet-untitled drama, Pathan and Fighter in her kitty.