|Initiative (Empowerment of Differently Abled)|
Faculty Convener: Dr. Jyoti Dhawan
EOC of Kamala Nehru College is gradually spreading its message by sensitizing students and society at large to the issue related to PWD (People with Disability). It has taken small modest steps in its pursuit to overcome innumerable socio‐ economic environmental and perceptual barriers.
In the academic year 2008‐2009, we carried forward the task of making college disabled friendly and completed phase‐1 of the task. An access audit of the college building was conducted earlier and a report was prepared by team members of the NGO Samarthyam under the auspics of University of Delhi. Keeping in mind the requirement of the Access Audit report we have put up signages at eye level with indication in Braille. The ramps have been modified. Railings, Stairs, Grills have been painted. Separate parking has been allotted for the disabled.
A separate room has been allotted to the Cell. Boards have been put up at eye level outside the college. We intend to provide scholarship to the Physically Challenged Person, by organizing lectures. We intend to sensitize people towards the disabled and generate awareness towards them.
In the academic year 2009‐10, EOC has taken a step further in pursuance of its mission. The EOC room has new been adequately furnished to conduct meetings and interactive sessions with students. The scholarship amounting to Rs.2500/‐ P.A for the disabled students will be provided. The proposal to have a computer has been forwarded and will be installed soon in the EOC room.
In our pursuit to sensitize everyone towards the disability related issues, EOC invited Dr. Anita Ghai, Assistant Professor in DU to give a talk on “Engaging with disability in the context of gender”. Mr. Vikram Dutt, a social activist to addressed hardships faced by people with disability.
A Laptop has been provided to one of our visually impaired faculty member Mr. Mohamad Israil from Hindi Department.
Tripti Roy, second year B.Com (Prog.) student performed against all odds in spite of suffering from Post polio residual palsy in both her lower limbs. She has been able to bring laurels to the college in the following events.
EOC Annual Sports Meet for students with disability for the session 2009‐10.
IInd Position in 100 mtr. Race
IInd Position in Shot Put.
IIIrd Position in Long Jump
3rd Delhi State Paralymic Athletics, Powerlifting and T.T Games held on 24‐25th April 2010.
IInd Position in 100 mtr. Race
IIIrd Position in shotput.
5th National Paralympics Games organized by Paralympic Committee of Haryana, at Panchkula on 9th ‐12th September 2010.
IInd position in Javelion Throw.
Under EOC aegies an English Monitoring course for SC/ST category students to develop confidence, grooming their personality and conduct and making them aware of job opportunities will be started.
A team of the following student office bearers for EOC has been nominated.
Tripti Roy B.Com (Prog.) IInd year
Samidha History (H) IInd year
Mrinali History (H) IInd year
Gayathri Hariharan B.Com (Prog.) 1st year
Aayushi Fauzdar B.Com (Prog.) 1st year
The enrollment in EOC Committee has got a enthusiastic response. To increase students participates in EOC activities and to reach to the society at large more than so students have voluntarily enrolled themselves in this committee.
In the year 2010 – 11, EOC is trying to be a facilitator and motivator to its five students coping with different disabilities. Three of them are orthopedically challenged, other two being visual and hearing impaired
EOC involvement during 2010‐11
These girls enthusiastically participated in ‘Srijan’, a cultural festival organized by the EOC of University of Delhi on 12th‐ 13th Nov.2010
Tripiti Roy , Neha Anand Jha and Heena won prizes in rangoli, poster making and mehendi competition. Their efforts were formally acknowledged and appreciated by the University EOC.
Scholarship amounting to Rs. 2500 each was given for this year.
Fully furnished EOC room has been inaugurated on 3rd December by Dr.Minoti Chatterjee and to mark Disability Day EOC team along with its student members distributed hand – made bookmarks with message/quote on it to the entire staff.
Ms. Indira Uniyal a special educator for children with speech and hearing impairment addressed the staff and students on ‘Hearing Disability : Introduction, challenges and social responsibility’ on 20th January 2011.
A mixed group of children from ‘Amar Jyoti School’ was invited. They enthralled the audience with an energetic performance.
Tripti Roy and Neha Anand Jha participated and won Gold medals and prizes in the 2nd Annual Inter College Sports Meet for students with disabilities organized by EOC, Delhi University.
Neha Anand Jha got prize in the Annual Inter College Cultural Festival Unnati 2011 in JMC.
Extra attention and focus is being given to the visually impaired students.
English mentoring course for the SC/ST/OBC category students has been successfully complete.
A computer has been installed in the EOC room. This would be used to provide special software to help the visually impaired students.
Faculty convener: Dr. Jyoti Dhawan
Co-convener: Dr. Pankaj
Student Conveners: Tripti Roy & Dipanshi Sood
No of students with disability: six(five from graduate courses & one from post graduation)
The scholarship amounting to Rs.3000(three thousand) each was given for this year to meet their Academic Expenses and full fee concession has been given to Shukriya, a visually impaired student of B.A. program second year.
A Computer along with Peripheral Devices has been installed in the fully furnished EOC Room. ”JAWS”, special software to help visually impaired has been installed.
Tripti Roy and Neha Anand Jha are differently abled students who have won many prizes/medals in the Inter College Cultural and Sports competitions held in the various Delhi University Colleges. Tripti has won number of prizes in the Para athletic National Championship in Bengaluru, 25th-29th March, 2012 and in the Fourth Delhi State Paralympics meet held in DPS School, R.K Puram, 30th October 2011, organized by the Paralympics Committee of India.
Talk by Mr Akhileshwar Sahay, Strategic Advisor with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Principal Investigator and Managing Trustee of the Whole Mind India Foundation was organized by the cell on 21st February 2012. He talked on “Youth ,Mental Peace and the Road to Mental Health”.
A Felicitation function was held on 13th March, 2012 for the SC/ST/OBC Category Students for successfully completing the English Mentoring Course. In this course the sessions on Personality Development conducted by Clinical Psychologists, CV Writing, Facing Interviews and Job Opportunities in Hospitality Industry were taken. In the month of July,2012 a new batch of this course will be initiated by the cell.
A Visit to the School managed by the NGO , AkshayaPrithisthan , for the differently abled students was organized.
EOC members have been visiting NAB, National Association for the Blind regularly and assisting them in their Computer and other Activities while being Scribes for them.
EOC celebrated its Annual Event “Initiative” on 22nd March, 2012 which was another step taken to bring about the much needed sensitivity and awareness for the inclusion of the differently abled in the mainstream. The EOC very strongly believes that these individuals do not need sympathy but recognition and motivation to lead a normal life where their disability cannot be used as an excuse. To highlight this it chose to motivate and encourage by example and brought together a very distinguished panel consisting: Dr. P.R. Ramanujam, Pro Vice Chairman, IGNOU; Mr. George Abraham, CEO Score and Founder Chairman, World Cricket Council for the Blind; Major general (retd.) Ian Cardozo, Chariman, Rehabilitation Council of India; DIG Arvind Dutt Abdali, Head of IT division, Border Security Forces; Ms. Anjali Arora, Legal Officer Airport Authority of India and; Mr. Vikram Dutt. Each of these distinguished guests spoke about their journey of life and how they overcame the hindrances caused by their disabilities and reached such remarkable heights.
In order to have accessibility for the wheel chair users in the college auditorium, wooden ramps have been constructed. Dr. Ramanujam talked about how polio tried to tie him down but he nevertheless entered the mainstream earned a doctorate and rose to be the Pro VC of the world's largest open university. One had only heard those tales of courage from someone else but Major Gen. Ian Cardozo's act of courage left us feeling like lesser mortals-Not only did he lose his leg in a mine-blast during the Indo- Pak war but to avoid the spread of gangrene he used a khukri and amputated his own leg; and we thought only in 127 hours could this happen.
In a country like India where cricket is embedded in one's soul Mr. George Abraham's passion for the support is almost expected, but his passion was such that his visual impairment could not stop him and he founded the World Cricket Council for the blind. He spoke about how destiny is a matter of choice and not chance and he said people with disabilities are a resource as their abilities are merely different.
DIG Abdali had his lower body paralyzed while he was in patrol, he re-trained himself in the field of IT and with a gradual yet steady rise heads the IT department of BSF. He spoke about management through consciousness and how awareness is a key role player in deciding one's life.
Ms Anjali Arora always wanted to be a lawyer and with her endeavours became the first visually impaired woman lawyer to practice law in India. In a women's college such as Kamala Nehru her story inspired each one of us even more.
Mr. Vikram Dutt, Chairman of Manovikas has an experience of over 35 years in the field of disability and as he spoke about how disability could change yet gives a direction to one’s life.
The Principal of the College Dr. Minoti Chatterjee spoke about the importance of this day and how important this encouragement for inclusion is.The Panel discussion was followed by dance performances by students of Manovikas, Koshish and Multi-purpose Center for training of the Deaf and Dumb and vocal performances by the very talented Mamta Vani and Mr. Neeraj Kumar.The event was well attended by the college students and delegates from other colleges and organisations.