Mr. Vishal Singh is a first year student, pursuing undergraduate programme in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at IIT Guwahati. This is commendable that in spite of his PERMANENT physical disability and despite being a member of an economically poor family, he cleared IIT-JEE (Advance) and registered for this programme in June 2014.
He suffers more than 50% disability and currently attached to wheel chair for movement in IIT Guwahati campus, hostel, laboratory and class rooms. He cannot move any part of the body below the waist. With the help of an attendant (sometimes his father) he reaches classes and laboratories. He has been doing exceptionally well in his studies. Perhaps, he is the only completely immobile-disabled student in India to study engineering in a premier institute like an IIT. He completed 10+2 standard from Little Flower House, Varanasi (UP). His father, Mr. Mangala Singh is a self-employed person and has a strong desire to provide his son all possible support to become a successful engineer.
Knowing the economic hardship faced by the family, IIT Guwahati has provided Vishal the assistance and continuous mental support to move forward with his dedication and determination. IIT Guwahati also decided to provide him customized battery operated Wheel Chair. The entire cost of this customized battery operated (electronically controlled) Wheel Chair has been provided by our alumnus, BTech/CSE/2002 batch, Mr. Siva Yellamraju. The complete design has been done by Prof. Amarendra K Das of Design Department, IIT Guwahati who was helped occasionally by Mr. Hailu Gebretsadik, a PhD student from Ethiopia. Prof. Das got this completely automated Wheel Chair made by the vendors in a piece-wise manner and assembled under his own supervision. Mr Harendra Das provided some manufacturing support. The Dean of Alumni and External Relations, Prof. Subhash Mishra worked relentlessly to get the whole project executed. The offices of the Students’ Affairs and Alumni Affairs have continuously monitored "well-being" of Vishal. Siva wants this donation to be stated as a philanthropic activity under the banner of Mathukumalli Krishnaiah Foundation.