Vocational training in Koraput for mentally challenged students

Following is an excerpt from a report on this in topnews.in.

At least 56 children with various mental-disabilities are taking vocational training at a special centre in Orissa’s Koraput to be self-reliant and prove wrong those who doubted their potential.

At the Manas Education and Vocational Training Centre for the Mentally Challenged, operated under the aegis of Koraput district administration since 2001, training is imparted to children between 6 to 18 years of age. …

The institute provides an opportunity to students to develop their hobbies besides attending the inmates for their mental and physical disorders. Student can learn stitching, candle making, spices packing, book-binding and other similar works.

Fourteen of the students at Manas, who had a harrowing time in their immediate society, now are earning a handsome amount of money.

"Here we stitch mosquito nets and sell them in markets. I will take it as a vocation. If I was in my village my life would have been ruined," said Dinesh Sarika, a student.

According to Bidyadhar Paramanik, Principal of Manas Education and Vocational Training Centre for the Mentally Challenged, the centre is facing financial constraint.

"We have started this school with the objective of looking after such mentally challenged children who are not usually accepted by the society. We gather these children from different villages and provide them with right health treatment and vocational training so as to make them self-sufficient,” Paramanik said.

“Although much is being done by this institution, it is facing financial constraints. The Centre provides 75 per cent funds for this school. The rest is borne by the district administration. We need at least Rs. 65,000 a year, but we get much less," he said.

October 26th, 2007

Schools for students with disabilities

The Rehabilitation Council of India lists the following schools in Orissa that are targeted for people with disabilities.

1 Chakradhar Institute of Rehabilitation Science, F-10, BJB Nagar, Bhubaneswar – 751014 Course Co-ordinator Bachelor in Prosthetic and Orthotics –All Disabilities–
2 Chetna Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, (Jewels International), A/3, Nayapalli, Opposite Oberoi Hotel, P.O. RRL Campus, Bhubaneswar-751013 Tele no. 2581999 The Director DSE (MR) –All Disabilities–
3 Institute of Health Sciences N 2 / 41, IRC Village, Nayapalli Bhubaneshwar – 751 015 Tel: 0674-2553640 Fax: 0674-2420932 Email: ihsbbsr@yahoo.com Website: ihsindia.org The Director BASLP –All Disabilities–
4 Open Learning System, Plot no. G-3/A/1, Gadakana Mouza, P.O. Mancheswar Railway Colony, Near Press Chhak, Bhubaneshwar – 751 017 0674-2301806/626 Fax:-0674-2301626 Ols_director@yahoo.com Olsbbsr_org@rediffmail.com The Director DSE (CP) –All Disabilities–
5 Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Olatpur, P.O. Bairoi, Distt. Cuttuck-754010 Tele no. 06724-55552/ 55465 Fax no. 06724-55465 The Director Bachelor in Prosthetic and Orthotics –All Disabilities–
6 Training Centre for Teachers of the Deaf (A Joint Project of State Govt. & AYJNIHH), S.I.R.D. Campus, Unit-8, Bhubaneswar-751012 Tel & Fax 0674-2561394 E-mail tctd@hclinfinet.com; tctd@cltiger.com Assistant Director DSE (HI), DHLS –All Disabilities–
7 Training Centre for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped, S.I.R.D. Campus, Unit-VII, Bhubaneswar Tel No. 0674-2417163 Course-co-ordinator DSE (VI) Primary Level –All Disabilities–

New Indian Express has a report about a similar school that is not directly listed above. It may be a new one or may be part of one of the above. Following are some excerpts from the New Indian Express report.

City-based International Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences and Research has decided to introduce a four-and-half-year degree programme in physiotherapy from the current academic session.

In all, 20 students would be enrolled in the first batch through a screening test. The programme has been recognised by the State Government and the institute is affiliated to Utkal University, said director Chitrasen Parida. Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday, he said a bachelor degree programme in audiology and speech language pathology is also being introduced from this session.

Both the courses have been approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India. The institute has invested about Rs 70 lakh out of Rs 1.76 crore which it plans to pump in three years for development of supporting infrastructure. Soon it would come up with its own campus.

Chairman of Shreedevi Charitable Trust, Kalyanpuri, Gandhi Chaudhury said a model pre-school for special children has already been established for their holistic development. A comprehensive diagnostic clinic ‘Susruta’ providing services for people with deafness, cerebral palsy, autism, speech and language disorders is functioning from the campus.


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