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Blind student contests for top post in Punjab University elections

September 1, 2017

Meet Badri Prasad, the 100% visually challenged student who is the vice-presidential candidate of the Punjab University elections for 2017.

Prasad says that he is contesting as disabled students are always sidelined and he wants to tell students that students with disabilities too have equal rights.

Badri lost his eyesight at the age of two after he suffered from chicken pox. He is a second-year BA student and his subjects are Hindi, music and political science.

He says there are nine blind students in his college and they decided to fight for their rights as they needed representation. While Punjab University charges no fee from visually challenged students, the college he goes to took full fee from such students when he took admission in 2016.

His mission is to work towards a full fee waiver. At present, only blind students below the poverty line are entitled to this benefit.

He wants to fight for writers during exams, and his association is also looking at the possibility of fielding a transgender student.

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