Asia-Pacific Jul 4, 2015
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has partnered with Federal Bank to set up an Assistive Technology (AT) Centre at the institute for enhancing the higher education avenues of people with disabilities.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed, in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, by NISH Executive Director Samuel N Mathew and Federal Bank Managing Director and CEO Shyam Srinivasan.
A cheque for `2 crore was handed over to the Chief Minister as the initial funding of Federal Bank’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative.
“AT plays a vital role in providing access to higher education for persons with disabilities; enhancing their functional capabilities in terms of acquiring knowledge and skills, eventually leading to better job opportunities and uplifting their social standing,” said NISH Director and State Planning Board member G Vijaya Raghavan.
The AT Center at NISH will also be a resource center for similar institutions across the country to conduct research and development, suited to Indian needs and requirements.
“The AT centre will acquire state-of-the-art assistive technologies available around the world for NISH students,” Vijaya Raghavan added.
In the wake of NISH transforming into the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences & Disability Studies (NURSDS), the AT center will provide the necessary services for assessing students and the appropriate AT for use in the classroom.
Minister for Panchayats and Social Welfare M K Muneer, Kerala State Planning Board Vice Chairman K M Chandrasekhar, G Vijaya Raghavan and Federal Bank Zonal Head-Thiruvananthapuram James V Y were among those present on the occasion.