ICT Centre set by NTPC Foundation and Gauhati University Inaugurated
05th Jan, 2012
An initiative for imparting IT skills to the disabled students
NTPC has started an Information Technology Centre (ICT) at the Department of Disability Studies in Guwahati University on Wednesday. The aim behind this training centre is to encourage students with disability to pursue higher education in the field of science and technology.
Shri Pradyut Bordoloi, Power Minister of the State while inaugurated the centre, said, "It is a memorable day as this centre shall help differently abled students to pursue higher education in science and technology."He added that the ICT centre would serve physically challenged students of our society helping them in capacity building by offering vocational courses through latest softwares and equipments available at the Centre. We have approx. 21 million differently abled population in our country, they need to be trained and groomed and urged Corporates to come forward to contribute to this noble cause.
The centre shall have computers with several assisted devices and software to enable visually challenged students to use computers. At present, a course on computer literacy and a foundation course in science and technology have been introduced and about 20 students have already enrolled for the course. Shri OK Medhi, Vice Chancellor of GU, said, "There is no scope for higher education for the people with disabilities and their education is confined till school level only. So, we wanted to provide them scope to pursue science and technology. Right now, we have introduced two courses. But in the coming years, we plan to diversify our courses and a PhD in science for disabled students is also on the anvil. As of now, we are taking one step at a time."
Shri Kishore Mohan Bhattacharyya, the Head of the Department of disability studies, said, "The NTPC has indeed done a great job and we hope that the students would be able to have proper exposure to science and technology."
Ms.Chitrani Medhi, course co-ordinator of NTPC foundation, said, "One of the most challenging work for the disabled is to learn how to use computers, science and technology. So, this centre would help them in learning new technology."
Speaking on the occasion Shri S.P Singh, Director (HR) NTPC Ltd said that NTPC has been in the forefront for fulfilling its social responsibilities, besides carrying out various community development initiatives around the NTPC Projects & Stations
Shri N.K Sharma, Executive Director,(R&R,CSR & NTPC Foundation) in his address said NTPC has been involved in community development activities in the area of education, health and development of infrastructure since its inception.
The NTPC Foundation is providing state of art facilities for the ICT Centre which is equipped with special software and hardware for the benefit of the disabled students. NTPC Foundation in its endeavour to empower the physically challenged and marginalized section of society was set up in 2004.The Foundation’s initiative of IT enablement of visually challenged students has benefitted morethan1600 students at different locations in the country.
Photo caption: Shri Pradyut Bordoloi, Power Minister of Assam inaugurating the NTPC ICT Centre at Gauhati University , Shri S.P. Singh , Director (HR) NTPC and senior officials of University and NTPC are seen with him on the occasion. The aim behind this training centre is to encourage students with disability to pursue higher education in the field of science and technology.
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