Akshansh Gupta, a 32-year-old man, has recently received the doctorate at one of the best Indian University – Jawaharlal Nehru University. “Gupta’s lower limbs are non-functional while his speech is difficult to be understood. He grew up with cerebral palsy. He is deemed 95% disabled,” thelogicalindian.com wrote about his health limitations. However, his body has not been never the reason to give the education up!
Gupta Presents His Thesis Abroad
He has chosen the computer sciences as his study field also because this program requires practical and laboratory work. Recently, he has finished his thesis about “Brain Computer Interface” and even travelled to Malaysia to present his work. Despite his disability, he travels as well as bravely presents his work, which for other people could be an obstacle.
Struggle From Primary School to the University
“In general, in our country, the attitude towards people with disabilities is quite negative. The first thing people ask is, ‘Kya karega padhke (What will you gain by studying)?‘”, Gupta says. This was a comment that describes not only the struggle at the University but even the very beginning of his studies. His fight with the system had started already at the time of his admission to the Primary school in his hometown of Jaunpur in east Uttar Pradesh.
In his young life, there have been two notable women. His mother – who unfortunately died in 2011 was one of them. She constantly insisted on giving Gupta education as his sibling had been receiving it. The second woman that changed his destiny was Meera Sahu, a teacher who admit him at the Primary school.
Family, Friends and Rickshaw Support Him Till the End
“Gupta is also eternally grateful to Mahajan, the rickshaw puller who ferried him every day to Umanath Singh Institute of Engineering and Technology in Jaunpur, where he pursued a BTech degree in computer science,” the timesofindia.com wrote. His home is the whole 15 km far and thanks to all the supporters in the family, friends and Mahajan, he could, in the end of his studies, receive the title ‘Ph.D’.
“Mahajan and I talked about the world beyond Jaunpur and that is when I decided I want to step out. My family was reluctant, but they eventually agreed, and here I am in Delhi,” Gupta claims. As his hostel mate at JNU, Piyush Maurya, describes that the newly titled doctor of computer sciences mostly refuses help offer by others to be independent. “He always wanted to prove that disability was a myth,” Maurya adds.
Will the University Continue to be His Home Even in the Future?
The professional career waiting for Gupta might be another hard step in his life. However, he hopes to be accepted at the same university where he had studied till now. Commenting on the Government’s policy for the people with disabilities he contends that it is useless until the Indian politicians will start to discuss the changes amongst real people with any form of handicap. “Because we are not vote-banks,” he says.
Gupta is an excellent example of how sheer force and ambition can lead to success. He is not only an inspiration for other people with disabilities but for all of us, who are starving for success and feeling frustrated in this unfair world.