LUCKNOW: For the first time since its inception in 2015, a visually impaired student has gained admission to the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Lucknow for the academic session 2023-24.
From a Braille writer to becoming an expert in coding, 19-year-old BTech student Bhuvika Agrawal‘s journey is an inspiration.
Talking to TOI, the first-semester student, who is from Mumbai, shared how technology, hard work and patience helped her crack the JEE (Mains) and get admission to one of the top engineering institutes of the country.
Born prematurely with 100% blindness, Bhuvika never allowed her disability to stand between her & her goals.
IIIT-L director Arun Mohan Sherry cannot stop gushing about her. “We feel proud that we have got such a bright student. We have a disabled-friendly campus, but Bhuvika wanted to study like a normal student, without any additional support, which made us even more proud,” the IIIT-L director claimed.
As a student, Bhuvika found Braille too cumbersome and found a way to listen to content on e-books and visualise diagrams, charts, etc, while she brushed her hands over the computer keypad.
“In JEE, I had to score well in all three – physics, chemistry, and mathematics. It was very difficult to deal with organic chemistry as it had a lot of illustrations and diagrams, something with which neither a laptop nor screen reader could help. I used to visualize them, solve and tell my scribe to write the answer. Finally, I cracked JEE by bagging 1,081st rank,” she added.

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