Defeating Her Disability, Vadodara Girl Makes It to IIM Ahmedabad

21-year-old Prachi Sukhwani lost her vision partially at an age of nine. However, it did not stop her from working towards her goal. She aced the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016, with a score of 98.55 percentile, and accomplished her dream by making it to IIM Ahmedabad.

Prachi was suffering from macular dystrophy since the 3rd standard. Macular dystrophy is a rare genetic eye disorder that causes loss of vision. Even though the disorder has no cure, it didn’t stop the Vadodara girl from studying. In an interview with The Quint, Prachi shared her ordeal. She said she loved playing badminton, but there were times when she used to miss the shuttlecock. Her childhood was difficult, but she never lost hope.

During exams, her teachers used to read out the question paper to her beforehand. She would also use a magnifying glass to read the questions.

It was Prachi’s elder sister, Nishita, who helped her throughout the journey. Both Nishita and Prachi completed their BBA from Maharaja Sayajirao University's Faculty of Commerce in Vadodara. Being a commerce student, her elder sister helped her in her BBA and helped her prepare for CAT as well.

Talking about her future goals with The Quint, she said she aims to join an MNC. But for now, but her long term goal is to open an NGO for the blind.