The world most successful blind CEO Srikanth Bolla
He is the 23-year-old blind CEO of the Rs. 50 crore Hyderabad-based Bollant Industries. The companies gives employment to disable and uneducated people . It started with just six employees and now employs around 150 people. He also established a company called Aasadeep Projects Pvt Ltd with the mission to overcome employment barriers and to provide sustainable and competitive employment to disabled people with and without education in India. The Blind boy who was once rejected by IIT has become a millionaire by his excellence.
When he was born, neighbors in the village suggest that his parents smother him. It was better than the pain they would have to go through their lifetime, some said. He is a “useless” baby without eyes… being born blind is a sin, others added. At the early age of his life, his father took him upon himself to teach him the processes of cultivation. But at such young age with no eyesight, he could not do anything that could be helpful for his father. His father apprehended perhaps the neighbors were right; he would be of no use. It was that time when his father decided to send him to school.
Though he scored over 90 percent marks in Class 10, he was not permitte to take science only because of his blindness. The board said he could only take Arts subjects after that.But a boy with high willpower and determination was no way ready to accept such injustice. He made the decision of fighting. It was tough for him to keep his study smooth. But a kind teacher came forward to help him. He converted all class lessons into audio clips which helped Srikanth a lot in preparing for the final exam. And His last score was just more than impressive. He obtained 98 percent in his last exam.
Rejection from IIT
The second rejection of his education life came from IIT (Indian Institutes of Technology) in 2009. It was a dream from his school life to get admitted in IIT. But despite having a good score in the entrance test, he was rejected on the ground that he is blind.
I got a letter with the statement that you are blind, and you are not allow to apply for the competitive exam of IIT.
The reaction of Srikanth on the rejection reflects his confidence and determination.
If the world looks at me and says that Srikanth, you can do nothing. I just look back at the world and say I can do anything