[AI] Making it to MIT against odds

mahendra galani at chello.at
Wed Jun 16 18:46:50 EDT 2010


i think, he is member of our group. may be he will reply soon.

At 06:21 PM 6/16/2010, you wrote:
>Once again, kindly provide contact details of Srikanth if available.
>
>On 6/16/10, Mukesh Sharma <mrmukeshsharma at gmail.com> wrote:
> > A sweet boy with 100% blindness!
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> > [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Vamshi G
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:21 PM
> > To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> > Subject: Re: [AI] Making it to MIT against odds
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > Are you a person with low vision or total blindness?
> > I know a few low vision people pursuing academics in sciences.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Vamshi G
> > M: +91 9949349497
> > R: +91 877 2243861
> > Skype: gvamshi81
> >
> > www.retinaindia.org
> > From darkness unto light
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> > [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Kartik Sawhney
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:55 PM
> > To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> > Subject: Re: [AI] Making it to MIT against odds
> >
> > Thank you, but I have already got in touch with both of them. I would like
> > to interact with as many people as possible, and hence I desire the No.
> >
> > On 6/16/10, Vamshi G <gvamshiai at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hi Karthik,
> >>
> >> For taking sciences, you may contact L. Pavan, Mayank Sharma, who are
> >> on this very list.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Vamshi G
> >> M: +91 9949349497
> >> R: +91 877 2243861
> >> Skype: gvamshi81
> >>
> >> www.retinaindia.org
> >> From darkness unto light
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> >> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Kartik
> > Sawhney
> >> Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:19 PM
> >> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> >> Subject: Re: [AI] Making it to MIT against odds
> >>
> >> This is Kartik. As is quite evident from my few previous mails, I want
> >> to take up PCM in class XI. However, I am currently facing many such
> >> hurdles. Can I get the contact No. of Srikant so that I can have a
> >> word with him. Your earliest response will be appreciated.
> >>
> >> On 6/16/10, Swasti Mathur <swastimathur at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> hi
> >>> hats off to The Srikant. he is a source of inspiration to hundreds
> >>> and thousands of future students who want to opt for PCM but step
> >>> back due to pulling by the society and many other  circumstances
> >>> acting like non-avalibility of study material. really this boy is
> > geneous.
> >>> may he climb the laddar of success throughout his life. waiting for a
> >>> chance to meet such a brilient guy! and exchange few words.
> >>> regards Swasti
> >>>
> >>> yogesh dubey wrote:
> >>>> Bolla Srikanth, a visually-challenged boy, is currently pursuing his
> >>>> Bachelor of Sciences at the varsity, says YOGENDRA KALAVALAPALLI
> >>>>
> >>>> - PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
> >>>>
> >>>> Winner: Bolla Srikanth in conversation with National Trust
> >>>> Chairperson Poonam Natarajan during the inaugural function of
> >>>> Abilities Mela 2010 in Secunderabad.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> Bolla Srikanth was barely few years old when many in his community
> >>>> counselled his parents to abandon him. The pressure was heavy on his
> >>>> illiterate parents, a farmer father and housewife mother, but they
> >>>> never yielded. Had they heeded their advice, the world would have
> >>>> been minus one inspiring story today.
> >>>>
> >>>> >From a small village Sitaramapuram near Machlipatnam town in
> >>>> >Krishna
> >>>> district, this visually-challenged boy has made it to the portals of
> >>>> the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The
> >>>> 18-year-old is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Sciences in Brain
> >>>> and Cognitive Science, Business Management and Computer Science at
> >>>> the varsity.
> >>>>
> >>>> "Though they are illiterate, both of them, they had strong will to
> >>>> get me educated. This inspired me," he says. Shortly after, about 13
> >>>> years ago, an uncle of his enrolled him in Devnar School for the
> >>>> Blind in Hyderabad, and life took a different spin for Srikanth.
> >>>>
> >>>> "I didn't know anything when I joined school. I was like a rural
> >>>> introvert. I learned everything, I picked up English. I joined
> >>>> community service. Now, I have occupied a place in the society where
> >>>> people are respecting me," he says, "It has been a long journey."
> >>>>
> >>>> >From being a "rural introvert", Srikanth went on to secure 92 per
> >>>> >cent
> >>>> in the Class 10 Board Examinations and was a two-time recipient of
> >>>> Pratibha Awards given by the Andhra Pradesh State government for
> >>>> students who excel in public examinations every year.
> >>>>
> >>>> He also received a citation for outstanding community service as
> >>>> Youth Leader in Lead India 2020 from former President APJ Abdul
> >>>> Kalam and was a national chess player playing against the likes of
> >>>> Koneru Humpy.
> >>>>
> >>>> Intermediate was next and he wanted to take up Maths, Physics,
> >>>> Chemistry (MPC) stream to be eligible to study engineering. But a
> >>>> disinclined officialdom was not encouraging. "When I visited the
> >>>> offices for the first time, they said get away from here. Even an
> >>>> IAS officer was not able to realise the potential of blind persons,"
> >>>> he recollects.
> >>>>
> >>>> "After a lot of trouble," Srikanth finally managed to enrol himself
> >>>> for MPC stream at a private college, a good three months after the
> >>>> classes began. He went on to secure an aggregate percentage of 93 at
> >>>> the end of two years.
> >>>>
> >>>> Challenges persisted still. "When I wanted to prepare for IIT, one
> >>>> coaching centre told me straightaway I was not fit to join them."
> >>>> Another top institute
> >>>> in the country did not even bother to respond to his application. "I
> >>>> didn't even get my hall ticket. I was not even allowed to write AIEEE.
> >>>> But, I was
> >>>> not disturbed because I was focussed on my goal and I wanted to
> >>>> study Sciences."
> >>>>
> >>>> Guided by his mentors Swarnalatha, teacher at Devnar School for the
> >>>> Blind and G. Ravishankar, a software consultant in the US, Srikanth
> >>>> realised his ambition of studying at MIT. "Only 120 seats are open
> >>>> for international students for which students from 70 countries in
> >>>> the world fight," he says proudly of his admission that came with a
> >>>> US $49,000 scholarship.
> >>>>
> >>>> "My mentor Swarnalatha was like a backbone to me in whatever I did
> >>>> so far. She has worked harder than me." She was by his side throughout:
> >>>> fighting for
> >>>> him, managing his study expenses, recording material for him to
> >>>> study easily and even lodging him in her house during initial days
> >>>> of his Intermediate.
> >>>>
> >>>> Mr. Ravishankar, whom Srikanth met during an international
> >>>> conference at Indian School of Business, helped him apply to
> >>>> different universities abroad. "Because I was a special student, we
> >>>> had to fill up some special forms. He also worked really hard with
> >>>> me for six months. Even now he is in contact and helps me with
> >>>> whatever I want."
> >>>>
> >>>> Persons with disabilities, he says, suffer from lack of exposure and
> >>>> lack of opportunities. "You have to see where you stand in the
> >>>> society, not as a visually-challenged person but as a human being."
> >>>> He sings paeans about U.S. "The University is very helpful. They
> >>>> have so many resources. People don't show sympathy there.
> >>>> In fact they provide you opportunities." He has already finished two
> >>>> semesters at the university (scoring 5/5 GPA) and currently is
> >>>> interning with GE in Hyderabad.
> >>>>
> >>>> Srikanth is keen on entrepreneurship and plans to launch a software
> >>>> firm after his course where he wants to give opportunities to rural
> >>>> youth. "My life ambition is to become the president of India," he
> >>>> declares. Given the flak he has received so far and the grit with
> >>>> which he has overcome them all, don't dismiss him. Not yet, not so
> >>>> fast!
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
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