From Night Guard to IIM Professor: inspiring story of Ranjith Ramachandran

From working as a night watchman to being a professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), it has been an unprecedented journey for 28-year-old Ranjith Ramachandran.

Selected as an assistant professor at IIM-Ranchi last Monday, Ramachandran recently wrote an inspirational story in a heartfelt Facebook post.

While growing up, Ramachandran lived in a small hut with a roof covered with a tarpaulin sheet.

Ramachandran lived in a small hut with a roof covered with a tarpaulin sheet

His father is a tailor and mother is an MNREGA Worker.

He did his post-graduation from Central University, Kasaragod, Kerala and received his PhD in Economics from IIT-Madras.

He has been working as an assistant professor at Christ University, Bengaluru for the last two months. He ‘attended college by day, worked as a guard by night’ “A IIM professor was born here,” read Ramachandran’s Facebook post.

“After post-secondary I craved for a job to help support my parents financially … I attended college during the day and worked at the telephone exchange at night. 4,000 per month. .

Ramachandran shared that at one point, he had considered quitting his PhD, but his guide advised against it.

“Prof. Subash, who was my guide, encouraged and convinced me that my decision to leave the course would be wrong. I decided to fight against the odds and nurtured a dream to become a faculty at IIM (sic) ,” They said. .

“I never thought the post would go viral. I posted my life story, hoping it would inspire some others. I want everyone to have good dreams and struggle for their dreams. I want to That other people also get inspired by it and get success. ” he said.

Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac said on Facebook to congratulate Ramachandran that he is a source of inspiration for all.

Issac wrote in his post, “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.”