Jaskaran Singh, a 27-year-old student with spinal cord injury at the cervical level, has successfully made his way to the Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management department of IIM Bengaluru. Jaskaran was in a car accident after which he has been living with quadriplegia – a paralytic condition that results in partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.
He lost his family in the accident too – his parents and a younger brother. He is paralysed neck down and can barely use his hands.
After scoring 99.04 percentile in the common aptitude test that he wrote with the help of a scribe, he is now on his way to IIM. Prior to this, he finished his BTech from IIT Varanasi. In 2011, Jaskaran had written the Graduate Aptitude Test in engineering and had secured the all-India rank of seven, but he could not pursue his dream because of the accident.
After two years of rehabilitation, Jaskaran joined a real estate company in Gurgaon and used to work with a custom made wireless keypad.
“As it was a full-time job, I prepared for two months, putting in two-three hours on work days and five-six hours on weekends. For now, I plan to finish my course at IIM-B and join the corporate sector. I would want to do a PhD later,” he told The Times of India.
Vaidyanathan Singararaman, who had been refused readmission by IIM Bangalore in 1990 because of his spinal cord injury, wrote about Jaskaran’s success in a Facebook post.