How Being Blind Didn’t Stop Srikanth Bolla From Clearing MIT, Becoming An Entrepreneur

Posted on December 17, 2015 in Disability Rights, My Story, Taboos, Video

By Ankita Mukhopadhyay:

On August 28, 2006, when Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam visited a gathering of students, he asked them a question, ‘What do you want to become in life?’ A voice rose from the crowd that said, ‘I want to be the first visually challenged President of India.’

That young boy was Srikanth Bolla, who went on to become India’s first visually challenged student at MIT. Bolla is one of the many visually challenged children in India who have faced loneliness, discrimination and harassment for their impairment. In a country where nearly 2.21% of the population is physically disabled, India has many barriers in place that impede the development of disabled children. Srikanth Bolla had to fight the Government for his right to study Science at the Intermediate level, he was also denied an admit card to the IIT engineering examination. But nothing deterred him from his goal. In this inspiring video, Srikanth talks about his life as a disabled student and what he wishes to do for the disabled in India in the future: