An Induction programme cum Indus Towers Scholarship Award Ceremony 2023 for the selected differently-abled students from Manipur held at the Conference Hall of Spastic Society of Manipur, Tapokpi Bazar, Langthabal Kunja Imphal West on Thursday.
CMD, Babina Groups, Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh; CHRO, NESA, Indus Towers Ltd. Vijay Dhekial, and Secretary, Spastic Society of Manipur Laishram Tokendra Ricky, were the chief guest, guest of honour and president respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Dhabali said the society should avoid using the term ‘disabled people’.
“Instead, we should call them ‘differently-abled’ persons. God has given differently people with extra power that a normal person does not have. As an example, a visually challenged person is more powerful in identifying things with senses other than a normal person,” he said.
He appreciated the Spastic society of Manipur for the contributions that made for the empowerment of differently-abled persons.
Programme manager, Indus Towers Scholarship Programme – NE, Seema J, in her keynote address said Spastic Society of Manipur is a Composite Centre for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. The organisation received the National Award for Best Institution in 2008 for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
She also briefed that based in Guwahati (Assam), Shishu Sarothi Centre for Rehabilitation and Training for Multiple Disabilities, is a non-profit Organisation which offers a range of services for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Services provided by Shishu Sarothi for PwD include Education, Livelihood, Advocacy.
The scholarship programme is a CSR initiative of Indus Towers implemented across the North-East in association with Shishu Sarothi and other state partners. The scholarship aims to promote Inclusions differently-abled students in the mainstream by providing financial support in pursuing their eigher education so that they can lead an independent life ahead.
As many as 41 differently-abled students from Manipur are selected this year, she added.
Meanwhile, six Laptops were distributed to continuing scholars with disabilities and 41 new scholars with disabilities were inducted with certificates.
As a part of the function Shruti Jain daughter of Devendra Jain and Sharmila Jain was felicitated with a certificate and token of recognition. She was diagnosed with Congenital Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss and had her Early Intervention and Pre Schooling at Spastic Society of Manipur when it was at Ghari, Airport Road.
She was admitted for Schooling to Guru Nanak Public School and then to Kendralaya Vidyalaya. She has recently completed her Bachelor in Commerce in First Class from DM College of Arts and Commerce. She has also won Gold Medal in Swimming and has won 2 Gold Medals in Paralympics in 2012 representing Manipur. In recognition of her challenges in communication and her achievements, she was felicitated by the chief guest.
Happyson Hungyo, a Scholar of Indus Towers Scholarship Programme since 2017 till 2023 shared his journey of change because of the Scholarship Born to Late Ningatei Hungyo and Sara Hungyo of K Leihaoram Village, Kamjong district to be admitted to the Ideal Blind School, Takyel and completed his Matriculation in 2012 in First Class, XII in 2014 in First Class and Graduation also in First Class. He completed his MA from Manipur University in Second Class and cleared his NET Exam in 2019.
He completed his Classical Vocal Music Visharad under Bhatkhande Sangit Vidyapith in 2015 Recently, he has passed his B Ed Special Education – Visual Impairment from Arunachal University of Studies.