CHANDIGARH — It has been a title bagging year for a doctor-in-the-making. Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar has been bagging beauty titles in the past one year even while pursuing her course in medicine in an all-girls medical college in Haryana’s Sonepat district.

The 21-year-old beauty was crowned Miss World 2017 at a glittering ceremony in the seaside resort city of Sanya in China Nov. 18 evening.

Chhillar, whose family belongs to Haryana but lives in New Delhi, is pursuing her MBBS degree from Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Khanpur Kalan village in Sonepat.

A gifted poet, painter and Kuchipudi dancer, Chhillar wants to be a cardiac surgeon and has been associated in a project for menstrual hygiene among women.

She won the ‘Miss Campus Princess’ title in the medical college in December 2016. She went on to pick the ‘Miss Haryana’ title in April 2017 followed by the coveted Femina Miss India title in June 2017.

“She had promised us that she will take a shot at winning the Miss World title. She has achieved that, and we are all proud of her,” said Anjali and Muskan, her roommates at the medical college hostel.

There were joyous celebrations at the home of her parental uncle, Dr. Dinesh Chhillar, a government doctor in Haryana, and Dr. Usha Chhillar, an associate professor in dermatology in Chhillar’s medical college.

Chhillar’s family members and friends danced and distributed sweets Nov. 18 night after the news of her winning the Miss World title broke.

There were reports of celebrations in Bamdoli village near Bahadurgarh town in Haryana’s Jhajjar district, around 55 km from Delhi, as residents burst crackers on her achievement.

“She has brought laurels to our village, state and country. We are all proud of her,” said Bamdoli resident Karan Singh.

There were celebrations Nov. 18 among students and faculty of the medical college when news came about Chhillar winning the Miss World title.

After winning the Miss India title, Chhillar took a break from her medical studies for one year to pursue her love for beauty pageants. After fulfilling her commitments to the present titles that she is holding, she plans to get back to her studies and complete her MBBS degree.

Born in Rohtak town, around 70 km from New Delhi, on May 14, 1997, Chhillar studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi. Good in her studies, she scored 96 percent marks in her class 12 exams.

Her parents, Dr. Mitrabasu Chhillar and Dr. Neelam Chhillar, who were with her in Sanya when she was crowned Miss World, are both doctors working in health institutes in New Delhi.

“I will try to win the Miss World 2017 crown for the country and my state,” Chhillar had told the media in July 2017 when she came to meet Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after winning the Miss India title.

She has been associated with ‘Project Shakti’ campaign, initiated by her to make women and girls more aware about menstrual hygiene, even before she ventured into the beauty pageants scene.

Haryana, infamous for the worst sex ratio among all the states in the country, has seen young women from sports to science to beauty fields making it big at the international level in recent years.

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