[AI] a biodata of one of our members
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Thu Jun 5 09:05:25 EDT 2008
Here is a brief bio data of one of our members, Mr. Rajan R. R. He is too timid to post his bio data and so, I am doing this proud job on behalf of him .
A BRIEF LIFE SKETCH OF THE CANDIDATE HIGHLIGHTING HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE DISADVANTAGE CREATED BY HIS DISABILITY.
I was born on 5th December 1962 as a seeing child became visually impaired in the year of 1969, when I was studying in the second standard. I was admitted in the Govt. School for the Blind Kasargode and passed secondary education (SSLC) in 1982. I successfully completed Pre-Degree from Sir. SAID College Kannur and BA in History from Payyannur College Kannur. I have also successfully completed 'Diploma in Teaching the Blind' in1985 from Blind Boys Academy (BBA), Sree Rama Krishna Mission Asramam, Narendrapur, West Bengal.
I worked as Guidance and Counselor 1987 - 1988 under Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of India. I was posted as Assistant Teacher in the Schools for the Visually Impaired Students at Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram for the period from 27/07/1988 to 15/06/2004. On promotion I have worked as the Headmaster in the Govt. School for the Blind Olassa, Kottayam for the period from 16/06/2004 to 27/07/2005. Then I was promoted as Deputy Director, Office of the Director of Public Instruction, Thiruvananthapuram. Now I am working as Deputy Director IEDC in the above mentioned Office in which I am the first blind person reaching into this highest post in the history of Kerala and may be in India too. During the period of my career I have gained my Masters Degree in Political Science and B.Ed in Social Science. I have also received the under mentioned Awards.
1. State Award for the most efficient Physically Disabled Employee, Govt. of Kerala for the year 2002.
2. National Award from the Excellency President of India for the year 2004 - Given in Public Recognition of valuable services to the community as a Teacher of Outstanding Merit.
3. Award on an appreciation and recognition of the meritorious and selfless service in professional and social field from the Rotary International.
As a Social Worker, I was elected as Secretary of Kerala Federation of the Blind for two tenures. I was the State President of the Students and Teachers Forum of the same organization which is the self help movement of the Visually Impaired in Kerala. It may be noted that this organization has been selected as the best organization in India for dedicated service for the Blind.
I have conducted many eye camps all over Kerala, Integrated Education Camps, Vocational Study Camp for Disabled, survey of the disabled, medical camps, seminars and medical camps for the disabled, Blind welfare celebrations throughout the State during the last 26 years. Most of the camps were for physically disabled students. At present being the Deputy Director, I could conduct a survey and identified 47725 students with 40% and above disability. Moreover all these students have been given financial assistance as per guidelines from M.H.R.D. Such attempts and assistance were very few and rare earlier. Having faced the hardship of a handicapped student I was able to sensitize similar hardships faced by the disabled students and this enabled and motivated to me to strike hard and work for obtaining help to the challenged students. Now I have been nominated by the State Government as one of the Directors of the Kerala State Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation.
Journalists, Press Media, Channels, AIR, My Higher Officers, Colleagues and Administrative staff have given me maximum support to work in the field of Education and Rehabilitation and prevention of Disability. I have attended many workshops for the disabled in the out of State and Kerala and attended Academic courses under DPEP and SSA.
As part of improving my efforts I have now completed M.Phil in Political Science also.
I ensure that with my ability and talent I will dedicate my life and service for the uplift of the disabled community, especially the students and youth.
Details of outstanding professional achievements
I have an experience of 19 years as Teacher, Headmaster in special school and Deputy Director of inclusive education for the disabled children. During my career I have visited uncountable number of houses especially in the poverty level to find out the disabled children to help them to reach the main stream. Some of my students are now working as lecturer in Universities, and Teacher in Schools etc. I had taken maximum effort to conduct parental awareness programme, eye camps, guidance and counseling and also admitted hundred of blind children in special schools.
As an officer I could achieve a lot now, more than 48,000 disabled students are studying in the general schools and they are availing different types of financial assistance, exam concessions etc and etc. Almost 1000 specially trained Teachers, 10715 schools are coming under the scheme of IEDC, 1,32,000 students are studying under the scheme, sanctioning funds for removal of architectural barrier, conducting training programme among the teachers.
In short, I am spending most of my life for the welfare of the disabled. I am the only Deputy Director looking, monitoring, and implementing IED scheme in the State of Kerala.
As recognition of my achievements I had received awards from the Government of India and Kerala and social organizations. I am too much satisfied in my work. My officers and colleagues are always encouraging and supporting me to do work more than others. I am one of the Director of Kerala State Handicapped Welfare Corporation, representing number of Government meeting of DPI including Executive committee of 'Persons with Disability'. My main hobby is to work for the welfare of the handicapped, fight for their protection of their right of prevention of disability through various activities and the attitude of the society towards the person with disability.
Deputy Director of Education
Office of the Director of Public Instruction
Govt. of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
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