Inspiring young man, 95% disabled, earned his PhD, overcame enormous life challenges

Born severely disabled, this young man from India overcame almost insurmountable challenges in order to achieve his life-long goal of getting a PhD.

Akshansh was determined to succeed despite his disability.

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Although his body is 95% disabled, 32-year-old Akshansh Gupta was determined to achieve academic success in his life. Gupta, from Jaunpur, northeastern India was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects the body’s movement capability and coordination.

While his lower body was completely non-functional, he also has had trouble using a wheelchair, and was unable to feed himself. Akshansh even has difficulty speaking. But, despite all of his challenges, this young man was determined to succeed, and eventually earned his PhD in brain and computer interface.

He eventually earned his PhD in brain and computer interface.

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“He has an extraordinary mind. He always wanted to prove that disability was a myth,” Akshansh’s  hostel mate, Piyush Maurya told Times of India.

Akshansh Gupta hopes to gain a position doing research at JNU in Delhi.

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It has been an incredibly challenging road for Akshansh: from having difficulty getting into primary school, to having to make the journey between India and Malaysia in order to present his thesis.

According to Times of India, now, Akshansh is hoping to acquire a position doing research at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Upon gaining his degree, the young PhD wanted to thank his rickshaw driver for driving him the 15 km to college each day, while he was earning his BTech degree.

Upon gaining his degree, the young PhD wanted to thank his rickshaw driver for driving him the 15 km to college each day.

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Even though it seemed like all the odds were against him, Gupta’s story teaches us that with diligence, hard work, and determination, seemingly insurmountable challenges may be conquered.