Pratishtha Deveshwar, a final year student of Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, will soon be be pursuing Masters in Public Policy from the University of Oxford!
She will be the first Indian Student on a Wheelchair to attend Oxford University.
She met with an accident when she was just 13 years old. This accident made her paralytic from chest down, because of a spinal cord injury.
From Hoshiarpur , she had been very bright in academics. She did not let this sudden change in her life, stop her from pursuing her education. Though the path became difficult, she was determined to prove to herself as well as to everyone else that a Disability cannot prevent someone from achieving their goals.
Her determination to study in DU ( Delhi University ) was also achieved when she got selected for Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Everyone advised her family to not let her go to DU all alone. But she convinced her parents, and moved to New Delhi to pursue her degree.
Her next dream to fulfil was to pursue higher studies at Oxford University, UK. She says she applied to Oxford because their course on public policy is one of the best in the world. She got selected and she is elated now
Her Tweet says ….. “ Thrilled to share that I’ll be pursuing Masters in Public Policy from the University of Oxford!
From the ICU where I fought for my life,to being the first wheelchair-user from India to get into Oxford-it has been a rollercoaster ride! I want to thank you all for your support! “
Her next plan as she says –
“ I intend to study there, come back to India and use my knowledge for the betterment of 26.8 million people with disabilities in India, who urgently need to be empowered”
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