Prachi Sukhwani, who has just 20 percent of her vision left, scored 98.5 percentile in CAT 2016 and achieved her dream of getting into the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. This 21-year-old girl from Vadodara is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Business Administration from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat.
Talking about her vision for herself, she told The Times Of India,
"My short term goal is to join a company, preferably a multinational. Once I get some experience, I will have my own startup. But my long term goal is to open an NGO for the blind."
Prachi's father Suresh Sukhwani runs a garment business and her mother is a homemaker. She has been suffering from a genetic disorder called macular dystrophy since she was in the third grade, and she has been gradually losing her vision over the years. There is believed to be no treatment for this disorder. However, her father has been taking her to Chennai every year for fifteen years now, hoping that he could help her regain her eyesight.
Since Monday, Prachi has been receiving a lot of praise for gaining admission into one of the premiere institutions in the country, according to the Daily News and Analysis. Social media was also flooded with wishes, including posts on her college's Facebook page praising her hard work and constant struggle. While talking about this proud moment, her professor, Sharad Bansal, said,
"I have been associated with the BBA programme since its inception in 1993. But this is one of the proudest moments. Prachi deserves special applause for her success despite all odds. Her success is an inspiration for everybody."
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- Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
- Sharad Bansal
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- Prachi Sukwani