Nothing is impossible for a determined soul. Jaskaran Singh is a living example of the adage. Singh has just secured admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore (IIM-B), despite being a quadriplegic.
In 2011, Jaskaran had met with a car accident that left him paralysed neck down. He was then a student of IT-BHU.
Hospitalised for six months, Jaskaran was left with movement in not more than a couple of fingers. He currently works at Experion Developers Private Limited as an Assistant Manager. At work he uses a custom made wireless keypad.
Jaskaran Singh with Divya Parashar of the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre. Facebook
But despite his physical limitations, Jaskaran was confident that he has what it takes to bell the CAT.
And so he sat for one of the toughest entrance exams in the country with the help of a scribe.
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What was the result? Jaskaran’s score was 99.04 percentile!
Of course, Jaskaran received the support of Divya Parashar, Clinical Psychologist at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, who helped him recover from the trauma of the accident.
Commenting on Singh’s success, Vaidyanathan Singararaman of the Spinal Foundation wrote in a Facebook post that the Delhi boy is “the first person with a spinal cord injury at the cervical level to have gained admission to the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management at an IIM”. He says that IIM-A, the organisers of the CAT, did not accept any of Jaskaran’s essential requests. Recalling his own case, Singararaman says that he was refused admission to the same institute in 1990 because of his spinal cord injury.
Vaidyanathan Singararaman (in striped tee) and in another photo with Dr Suranjan Bhattacharji. Facebook
So how did IIM-B change its mind?
It was because of the efforts of Dr Suranjan Bhattacharji, former Head of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Christian Medical College, Vellore, writes Singararaman in another post. That the IIM-B has come a long way from Singararaman’s time shows the progress our society has made over the years. Kudos to the never-say-die spirit of Jaskaran Singh, Dr Bhattacharji’s efforts, and those at IIM-B who listened.