NAMSAI, 17 Mar: President of the World Education Mission, Dr Ashwani Lochan announced a 100 percent scholarship to 20 divyangjan (differently-abled) students to pursue their education at the Arunachal University of Studies (AUS), here in Namsai district.
Dr Lochan also initiated a sign-language sponsored camp for the aurally impaired people and their immediate family members.
He made the announcement during a two-day diagnostic cum hearing-aid fitment camp held here recently in Namsai district by the AUS, in collaboration with the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disability (AYJNISHD), Kolkata.
The aim of the programme was to provide free diagnostic cum hearing aid to any person with disabilities. The cochlear implantation beneficiaries comprised about 150 persons from all the circles of Namsai district, inclusive of children and senior citizens.
Attending the programme through virtual mode, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein applauded the initiative taken by AYJNISHD and the AUS for the differently-able community as well for the greater benefit of the society.
He also assured of his cooperation to assist the differently-abled.
Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, who was glad to see the increased number of the beneficiaries, said that the AUS, in collaboration with the AYJNISHD has come with extraordinary coordination which resulted in the successful event held today.
He also lauded the skill development programmes undertaken by the state government and appreciated the collaboration of the AUS in various fields.
District Commissioner RK Sharma informed that the AYJNISHD has taken many such successful initiatives previously.
He urged the gathering to increase awareness among the masses and urged beneficiaries and parents of beneficiaries for timely maintenance of the hearing aids.
AYJNISHD, Kolkata Assistant Director BN Rao expressed his delight by mentioning the exceeding estimation of beneficiaries from 150 to more than 170 successfully.
He later highlighted the goal of eliminating all the barriers and problems on accessibility by providing help to other bodily-impaired individuals.
The programme proved to be successful and heart-warming as some persons with disabilities were able to sense hearing for the first time.
Leela, a mother of a beneficiary said: “I am overwhelmed by the help provided to me by the AYJNISHD. Now I can focus well on the education of my daughter and pray for her bright future”.