Namchi, 12th March (IPR): A valedictory ceremony of four week long ‘Life and Mobility Skill Training’ program was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for the Visually Handicapped (JNMIH) Blind School, in Boomtar today.
Social Justice and Welfare Department Secretary Shri. Tshewang Gyacho Bhutia was presented as the chief guest in presence of DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar as the Guest of Honour. Also present amongst others were ADC (Gyalsing) Shri. Agawane Rohan,Deputy Director (SJ&WD) Shri. Nakul Rawat, RC CRC Sikkim Ms. Moirangthem Irish and Principal (JNMIH) Shri. Samuel Subba, alongwith students and teachers.
The four week long program was organised by JNMIH, Blind School Namchi and District Administration South Sikkim in collaboration with National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD), Dehradun and Composite Regional Centre (CRC) For Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Sikkim.
The Resource Persons were namely Mr. Rajendra Negi (IT expert), Mr. Devi Lal (orientation mobility expert) and Mr. Bhopendra Singh Rana (orientation mobility expert) from NIEPVD Dehradun whereas Mr. Voshal Kanth Pandey (orientation mobility expert), Mr. Manish Kumar (Special Education) and Mr. Kaushalendra Kumar, Assistant Professor (Special Education) were from CRC, Sikkim.
Addressing the gathering, the chief guest,Shri Tshewang Gyacho Bhutia congratulated the students and resource persons on the successful completion of the training course. Motivating the students, Shri Gyacho said that one should not give up to fullfill their dreams .He cited the example of India’s first visually impaired IAS officer Smt. Pranjal Patil who defeated all great odds in her life. Further, he urged them to make use of the knowledge of training efficiently to make their life easier.
He informed that the department shall further looked into training modules and set trainings courses for students and teachers in collaboration with the CRC,Sikkim and also provide scholarship schemes for higher education for differently abled students in the state. He also said that a set of suchlike training programs shall be carried out in various special schools across the state which will reorient the students to learn new and well equipped in providing quality education.
Dr Himangshu Das, Director, NIEPVD, Dehradun had graced the program virtually and given his valuable speech on the program.
DC (South)Shri. M. Bharani Kumar highlighted the importance of this training program which was to help the students in gaining addition knowledge and foster their life enhancing skills. He thanked the resource persons for imparting the training program at the institute and former SDM Namchi Mr. Agawane Rohan who took heed of conducting training.
Further, Dr Himangshu Das, Director, NIEPVD, Dehradun had graced the program virtually and had given his valuable speech on the program.
Shri. Agawane Rohan also spoke behind the motive of organising the program at the institute which was to make the students achieve their optimum level of independence. He also motivated them to focus on their ambitions to make their dream come true.
During the program, brief report, challenges and opportunities on the training program were also shared by the resource persons. The program also saw presentation of songs performed by the students of the institute while Mr. Birman Tamang also shared his learning experience before the attendees.
It may be mentioned here that the program will be remembered as a special one as it is the first collaborative event of Sikkim Govt NIEPVD and CRC Sikkim.