“I stayed in the ICU for around four months and 3 years post the surgeries, I was completely bedridden because of which I was home-schooled. I scored 90% above in both class X and XII boards. I told my parents that I don’t want to live inside the four walls of my home anymore; I deserve better. I applied to LSR, and got admission!”

In a heartening story of struggles of life and overcoming them, Pratishtha Deveshwar who has been selected for a Master’s programme at the University of Oxford, England. She is the first wheelchair-bound girl from India to be joining the esteemed university in London.

Pratishtha broke her spinal cord in a car accident at the age of 13. She was travelling from Hoshiarpur to Chandigarh, she was paralysed from the chest down in the accident. After the accident, she realised “the only way to overcome her tough life was through proper education.”

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh posted a video wishing the young girl ‘good luck and blessings’. Calling her ‘inspiring’, the Chief Minister also said the will and spirit of Pratishtha are indomitable. The Chief Minister talked to Pratishtha through a video call and wished her all the luck.

Pratishtha is all set to join the University of Oxford in September 2020 in Masters in Public Policy. She intends to start a YouTube channel while she is at Oxford, for marginalized people with disabilities, to share her learnings and let them experience a world they’ve never seen. A beacon of hope for disabled people and specially-abled people alike the sky is now the limit for Pratishtha.

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