New Delhi, 12th Dec 2018: This is to convey that the Container Corporation of India Limited sponsored laptops (under CSR initiatives) were provided by JNU VC Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar to 16 meritorious visually impaired students pursuing higher education at Colleges/Departments of University of Delhi at the inauguration of One-Day Seminar on “Empowering the Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality” organized under the joint auspices of JNU’s Human Rights and Disability Studies programmes and the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies at Committee Room, School of International Studies of JNU. The laptops were distributed under the auspices of the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies. Inaugurating the Seminar, JNU VC exhorted the visually impaired students to take recourse to assistive technology for achieving excellence in higher education and contribute to the nation building. Addressing the audience as Chief Guest on the occasion, Dr C. P. Thakur (Honorable MP-Rajya Sabha & former Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare) highlighted plethora of schemes/programmes launched by Modi Government for empowering the persons with disabilities.
The programme began with encapsulated opening remarks by JNU’s expert on Disability Studies & convenor of the programme Dr G. N. Karna; who espoused for integration of teaching and research on Disability Studies in all programmes of studies being offered by JNU and thereby developing a full-fledged School of Disability Studies in the long term. The Seminar was chaired by Professor Sanjay Kumar Pandey (Acting Dean, School of International Studies) and Welcome Remarks were made by Professor Rajesh Rajagopalan (Director, Human Rights and Disability Studies Programmes of the School of International Studies); who underlined the need for changing the mindsets of society as a first step towards empowering the person’s woith disabilities. Among a galaxy of other scholars who articulated their observations on the occasion include Dr Babli Moitra Saraf (Principal, I. P. College for Women), Prof. S. N. Malakar and Dr Satya Narayan Prasad (SIS, JNU), Dr Sailaja Chennat (Deptt. of Education, DU), Dr Vipin Kr. Malhotra (Aurobindo College), Dr Shri Dharam (ARSD College), Shri Sameer Chaturvedi (JNU) and noted activists-Shri Manish Singh and Shri Santosh Ranjan.