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Blind Indian man rejected by IIT owns a Rs 50 crore company now

GDN Online Desk

Srikanth Bolla is an epitome of strength for not just differently-abled people but for everyone.

He was born blind, into a poor family in India. It was thought better to let him die than live a life of misery but his parents supported him at every step.

He faced all odds and now at 23, is the owner of a Rs 50 crore company.

He had faced discrimination in school because of his blindness.

He wasn't allowed to take up science in 10th grade because of his disability. 

He fought and proved himself.

Despite scoring outstanding grades in his 10th and 12th grade he wasn't allowed to apply to IIT, BITS PILANI and other engineering colleges because of his blindness.

However, he did not give up there, an average person would have accepted defeated but not Srikanth.

He applied to universities in the U.S. like MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon.

He was accepted into MIT and that too on scholarship to become the first international blind student to be admitted to the prestigious MIT.

But Srikanth's story is not another brain drain story.

He returned to India to make a difference.

He is the CEO of Hyderabad-based Bollant Industries.

It is an organisation that employs uneducated and disabled employees to manufacture eco-friendly and disposable consumer packaging solutions.

Watch his inspirational talk titled 'Seeing no obstacles' here.

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