Mysuru, October 1:- Karnataka Visually Challenged Students’ Conscious Forum was inaugurated at Vignana Bhavan at Manasagangothri here on Saturday.
This association, which is first of its kind, is an initiative by the visually challenged students, studying at the University of Mysore and other colleges in Mysuru. This is an attempt to empower themselves and address the issues faced by them mainly in their academic endeavour.
“UoM is ready to extend all facilities to the visually challenged,” said Prof Rajanna, Registrar who was the chief guest on the occasion. He further said there is a need to create awareness about their issues and challenges in the society.
Dr Krishna Hombal, Head, Department of Political Science, who presided over the function, who is himself a visually challenged professor, recalled his journey, the hurdles he faced to reach his goal. He even narrated his failure to open an association for the blind when he was a student.
Dr Bhargavi Hemmige, Head, Department. of Journalism, SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Mysuru, who was a special invitee, informed the audience that her college management is extending fifty percent discount in their fees, to the students who are visually challenged and informed that they were planning to open a Scribe Bank at the college.
She spoke on the everyday challenges they were facing as students and spoke about need to sensitise the society on their issues.
K M Nityanandha who has voiced more than 20,000 audio books for these students was honoured on the occasion.
This association is founded by students Pradeep B, Satish C N, Bharath M, Darshan K B and Diwakar B R studying at UoM.
More than 500 visually challenged students attended the programme and a workshop was organised on the use of technology to facilitate them to type in Kannada. Srinivasa Murthy of the Forest Department gave the training.
Floral tributes were paid to the portraits of Louie Braille and Hellen Kelle.
Dr Krishna Hombal, Chairman, Political Science Department, UoM; Prof R Rajanna, Registrar, UoM and Maria Gloriya attended the programme. (MR).