Tuhin Dey, 21, paralyzed below the neck, writes exams with a pen in his mouth and operates his mobile phone and computer in the same way. This has not prevented him from being admitted to a prestigious engineering institute.
Tuhin, who suffers from cerebral palsy, obtained rank 438 in the JEE (Mains) this year and obtained admission in information technology at the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology in Shibpur, West Bengal.
Tuhin has undergone 20 surgeries so far and several plates have been inserted into his body to keep his bones straight.
Tuhin, a resident of Midnapore in West Bengal, prepared for the exam at a training institute in Kota, Rajasthan.
He had passed the JEE (Advanced) last year, but did not obtain the required grades in Class 12.
“Everyone at the institute is delighted that such a candidate has been admitted. I am very happy that he has received so many awards and he will definitely be a good student for us, ”a senior official from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) said by phone.
The official said it is the first time that a student with a 90 percent disability will be studying at the institute.
The institute is in the process of providing accommodation for his family.
Stephen Hawking, an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author of several books, is Tuhin’s idol.
Since engineering takes less physical work, I chose to pursue it to realize my dream, Tuhin told PTI.