Nagpur’s Rahul Bajaj Becomes The First Specially Abled Person To Win The Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Rahul suffers from a rare retinal condition since birth, which has restricted his vision to just 5%.

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History will be created at Nagpur University when Rahul Bajaj, a former student of Babasaheb Ambedkar college will be awarded 20 medals, including 13 golds, during the 105th convocation, which will be held on the 24th of March.

With these medals, the partially blind Rahul has added another feather to his cap. Bajaj has been chosen for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship awarded by the Oxford University. He is not only the first specially abled person from India to win this scholarship, he is also the first Nagpur University alumni to receive this scholarship. Bajaj had to undergo rigorous interview sessions to win this scholarship.

Oxford University chooses only 5 students from India and 100 students from around the world for this prestigious scholarship. The scholarship is awarded based on various parameters like academic performance, leadership qualities, extra-curricular activities, working for the marginalized section of the society and abilities to help others.

Bajaj, who is currently training with a law firm in Delhi Told TOI, “I came to know about winning 20 medals after NU uploaded its list on the website. It was mentioned that I will receive 13 golds, four silvers and three prizes. I will come to receiving the awards on March 22.”

Bajaj had topped the Std 12th commerce exam in 2012 with 95%.

Among all the students who were awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, Bajaj was the only one who didn’t belong to a well-known college.

“Only students from National Law Universities or other global level institutions are selected, primarily from Delhi and Mumbai. It was perhaps difficult for the selection panel to keep faith in me, being from a tier-II city,” he explained.

His admission to Oxford University was confirmed last Wednesday. Rahul will be pursuing a one year Bachelor of Civil Law, which is equivalent to India’s LLM.

Rahul, who currently stays in a rented flat in Delhi with his mother, suffers from a rare retinal condition since birth. The disorder has restricted his vision to just 5%.

Talking about how he overcame the challenges Bajaj says, “Of course, it’s challenging, but if you’re willing to work hard with perseverance, you develop problem-solving skills. I use a special speaking software, which helped me in reading books. In India, odds are heavily stacked against those suffering from a disability. But frankly, I don’t want to highlight it in my achievements.”

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Information source: timesofindia

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