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Visually impaired Pakistani student to pursue scholarship at Oxford University

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Khansa Maria, a visually impaired Pakistani student has received a scholarship for a post-graduate degree at the Oxford University. 

As per the revealed report of the Voice Of America, Khansa Maria will be pursuing a Masters in evidence-based policy intervention and social evaluation in the Oxford University next fall, as Pakistan’s 2021 Rhodes Scholar-elect.  

Khansa had faced man struggles owing to her visual impairment. She struggled hard in studying in Pakistan, however, she faced challenges in perusing the Oxford scholarship. “I do have a disability, I am blind, and I firsthand experienced the impacts of not having an inclusive society,” Maria said, noting that now she wants to give back. 

“I do have a certain responsibility toward my community to improve things to the extent that I can, or at least lend my skills or my experience in a way that benefits people like me in Pakistan,” she observed. 

Khansa Maria seemed highly passionate about supporting for the rights of people with disabilities and designing accessible communities in an effort to guarantee inclusivity. Moreover, she has arranged and has spoken at several conferences on inclusion and inclusive policies. 

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Currently, she attends Georgetown’s Qatar campus where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Foreign Service, with a concentration in culture and politics. 

However, Pakistanis seem glad on the achievement of Khansa, netizens on Twitter congratulated her, Sayed Z Bukhari also congratulated her by posting, “A proof that your problems are only as big as you make them. Congratulations Khansa, the entire country is proud !” 

Shahbaz Taseer also posted, “Pakistani #KhansaMaria who is visually impaired bagged the Rhodes Trust Scholarship 2021 to pursue a masters degree at Oxford University. Unbelievable and absolutely amazing” 

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tourism, Human Development, and Overseas Pakistanis, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari also praised her, “A proof that your problems are only as big as you make them. Congratulations Khansa, the entire country is proud!,”  

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