[AI] Despite lack of vision, IIMs in sight

firoz firojjee at gmail.com
Sun May 4 02:10:18 EDT 2008

congrates to gagan
i know himlittle
he is soft spoken and as a commerce graduate he scored distinction
as far as my knowledge is concern he might be the only one to do so
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Subject: [AI] Despite lack of vision, IIMs in sight

> Despite lack of vision, IIMs in sight
> 3 May 2008, 0144 hrs IST,Vasundhara Vyas,TNN
> AHMEDABAD: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a tough nut to crack for the 
> most experienced and studious. For Gaganbir Singh, it may have been a 
> shade more difficult because he was differently abled. He prepared for CAT 
> with the help of someone who read the material aloud to him and dictated 
> the answers to a writer.
> Singh, 21, who has 15-20 per cent vision impairment, scored 92.63 
> percentile in CAT and confirmed admission calls from three Indian 
> Institutes of Management (IIM), Bangalore, Calcutta and Kozhikode. "This 
> has been my biggest achievement and it has been possible only because of 
> my mother, Harinder Kaur," said Singh, who lost his mother last year.
> Born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Singh completed his schooling from St 
> Xavier's Mirzapur, and BCom from HL Institute of Commerce. Singh suffers 
> from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which is a genetic eye condition in which 
> the patient gradually loses eyesight with age. Singh's eyesight has frozen 
> at 15-20 per cent. Singh cannot drive, write or read by himself, but there 
> was no stopping him when it came to cracking the CAT.
> "It was my mother's dream that I get through one of the IIMs and be 
> independent. I know I have been able to bag these admissions only because 
> of her prayers and blessings," said Singh.
> Talking of the days he was preparing for CAT, he said, "When I first 
> entered coaching centres, I was denied admission. I insisted that they 
> should at least test me if nothing else. In the first session, when the 
> instructor started the class I was the only one who could answer the 
> questions. It was later that I was called by the instructor, who told me 
> that I could stay."
> This confident youth does not think he lacks anything and believes he can 
> be as or even more competent a professional than many others. "I always 
> keep company with students who are weak. Since someone has to read aloud 
> everything to me, it is a win-win situation for both. It's revision for 
> them and what I understand, I explain to them."
> Singh says his younger sister, Hareen and his businessman father Gurinder 
> are very proud of him. "With this, I have defeated my critics, who have 
> been there at every step of my life," he said. With his head held high and 
> a smile of satisfaction.
> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Visually_impaired_gets_call_from_3_IIMs/rssarticleshow/3005965.cms
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