When Ranjith Ramachandran got selected as an assistant professor at IIM Ranchi recently, he shared this great news on Facebook with not the slightest idea that his Facebook post will touch the hearts of thousands of netizens.
In the viral post, Mr. Ranjith shared his hardships and struggles, from being a night watchman at a BSNL telephone exchange at Panathur in Kasaragod to getting selected in India’s premier business school as an assistant professor.
In the viral post, Mr. Ranjith described the struggles he faced while managing his studies and a job together as he hailed from a low-income background. His father is a tailor, and his mother, a daily wage worker under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
“I attended college during the daytime and worked at the telephone exchange at night,” he mentioned in his post.
He added, “Due to some luck, I got the job as a night security officer at the Telephone exchange in Panathur. During the day times, I would study. The doors opened in front of me for the academic career that I thought I had lost once.”
He further added in the post, “For five years, during my degree and postgraduate days, I lived at the telephone exchange. As a security guard, my main concern was to ensure uninterrupted power supply.”
Mr. Ranjith, who did his post-graduation from Central University, Kasaragod, further mentioned his life working at the telephone exchange, “from college, I went home only to eat, and was soon back at the exchange on guard duty. I had converted the exchange into my study room as well as living room.”
The Undefeated Spirit
After university came IIT-Madras, but there too things weren’t easy as he added, “I had no social capital to fall back on in my life at the village, where no one is bothered about higher studies. When I landed at IIT, I could not even speak English…. I had never moved out of Kasaragod. In fact, at one time, I wanted to quit the Ph.D. programme.’’
It was his professors at IIT-Madras, Dr. Subash Sasidhaaran, who came to his help. He said, “Prof Subash, who was my guide, encouraged and convinced me that my decision to quit the course would be wrong. I decided to fight against the odds and nurtured a dream to become a faculty at IIM.”
At IIT-Madras, Ranjith said he not only survived on stipend but also saved a portion of it to send home, where sister Ranjitha and brother Rahul were pursuing professional courses.
An Inspiration To All
Ranjith Ramachandran is truly an inspiration to all.
Kerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac shared his post and praised his undefeatable spirit.
The minister said, “From the moment he felt he was defeated, he turned his life and achieved success and it’s an inspiration to everyone. We have before us the life stories of great personalities, including K R Narayanan, who attained success with extraordinary willpower and became the first citizen of the country. “
“The lives of people like Ranjith, who refuse to get discouraged due to various crises and use education as a weapon to overcome social and economic backwardness, are an inspiration to all,” he added.
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