Nature of disability:
Spinal Cord Injury
Educational qualification:
10th Std (SSLC)

On many days, you might see a man on a wheelchair boarding a KSRTC bus at 4:30am to reach Bangalore. His disability doesn’t deter him in any way, because he operates a BPO in the outskirts of the city, near Nelamangala, and moves around on his own, getting work done.

His name is Manjunath, and he suffers from a spinal cord injury. Born into a family of poor farmers, Manjunath finished his SSLC and also completed the civil draughtsman’s course. However, he lost the use of his legs after an accident. But APD showed him that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and put him through six months of rehabilitation, computer training, gave him mobility aids and also computer training.

This go-getter currently runs a BPO Centre, Amrutha Info Technology, that employs youngsters from nearby villages. Most of his employees are girls who depend entirely on this job for their livelihood. His work was recently covered by an English daily here in Bangalore. Manjunath does not think of himself as being incapacitated in any way, because APD has encouraged him to believe he is not.