Pratish Dutta, a 23-year old visually impaired, has completed his M.Sc. in Mathematics and won the Jagdish Chandra Bose Memorial Gold Medal for his excellent academic performance.
Suffering from retinoschisis — an eye disease characterised by the abnormal splitting of the retina’s neuro-sensory layers resulting in a loss of vision — he does all his mathematical calculations mentally and then dictates them to a scribe during examinations.
His success would not have been possible without the help of his parents. His mother, Ranjana, would read out lessons to him and his father, Prabir, was always present besides him to encourage him. In his owns words, Pratish ackowledges his parents efforts by saying, “The credit for my success goes to my parents. If I studied for 10 hours, it was my mom who worked 15 hours to ensure that I successfully memorised my lessons. And, dad was always there to encourage me whenever I was low on confidence”.
Among other achievements, Pratish ranked second in the country in GATE. Truly, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur’s student Pratish Dutta 23 has proved that if you have a strong and determined mind, you can flourish without your eyes also. This is evident from the fact that he topped in field of mathematics in which a lot of calculations need to be done and he did these all mentally without seeing them, making it an unbelievable job.
Great people always say to me “If you have a strong will and determined to achieve your dream or goal, nobody can stop you in achieving it other than yourself only”. Pratish just sets the right example for this.
His purpose in life is to serve the nation by inventing tools that will help society. He has begun his PhD in cryptology and network technology at IIT.
Wish you all the best Pratish in achieving your next milestones and dreams. Hope to write on your next achievement soon.