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When most children in his age-group wondered if they would be able to perform well in the board exams, the 17-year-old boy Tuhin Dey had other discrete worries on his mind. He had to face a challenge that didn’t exist at all for his peers. Would he be able to write his CBSE Class 10 exams with his 90% disabled body?
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Tuhin suffers from Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a disorder that develops during a woman’s pregnancy and reduces the mobility of baby’s joints, hands and legs. The only child of his parents is always confined to the wheelchair, and can neither move nor use his hands to write or type. He has been through at least 20 surgeries since his birth.
In spite of all life’s hardships, this boy who worships Stephen Hawking has never given up. He taught himself to hold a pen between his jaws to write on paper, and use his lips to type on the keyboard and mobile phones. This is how he wrote his board exams as well, and went on to score 88%! As per the education board rules, he had a right to nominate a writer on his behalf and avail extra time granted to disabled students But, the courageous teen instead decided to trust his jaws and determination to write his papers within the same time as the other students.
This child prodigy has always bagged top ranks in his studies, and has self-learned computer programming skills such as Advanced Java and C++. He has also been the recipient of National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2012 and Best Creative Child Award with Disabilities in 2013 from President Pranab Mukherjee.
While Tuhin’s father works a real estate businessman, his mother quit her central government job to devote her sole attention to his care and studies.
Tuhin aspires to graduate in B Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur, and then pursue further research from Oxford University to become a scientist in astrophysics. He has currently shifted with his parents from his hometown in West Bengal to Kota to enrol in a private coaching institute to prepare for IIT entrance. The good news is that the coaching institute has waived off his yearly fee of Rs1.18 lakh to encourage his talent.
We salute Tuhin’s spirit and wish he shines like a star!
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