Aligarh: The Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Brigadier (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali said that the persons with disabilities did not need sympathy rather they deserved equal status in the society. He was addressing a programme organized by the Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged as part of celebration to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Brigadier Ali said that the major issue for the differently abled persons was their rehabilitation and the governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations should work for ensuring their empowerment through educational, social, economic and cultural means. He urged the students to explore their skills and use them to empower themselves. He assured of his full cooperation in educating these children.
Speaking on the occasion, the guest of honour, Prof. Nabi Ahmad, Chairman, Department of Education and Coordinator, Disability Unit, AMU, said that only parameter of development in a society is education and the parents of all differently abled children should manage to provide their children with mainstream education. The onus lies on the teachers to make them self reliant and self dependent.
Earlier, welcoming the guests and highlighting the importance of the day, Principal of the school, Dr. Amna Malik said that the celebration is aimed at promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well being of persons with disabilities. It also sought to increase awareness of the benefits to be derived from the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the political, social, economic and cultural spheres. She said that over 15% of world population suffered with some kind of disability.
Dr. Malik also stressed the need for involving NGOs, Private sector, local governments and the civil society in the developmental programmes undertaken by the Government for persons with disabilities. She said there was an urgent need to design a national Disability Strategy.
Highlighting the achievements and activities of the Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Dr. Malik said that it was the only such school in the country where Science and Mathematics were being imparted with other subjects.
AMU Registrar, Group Captain (Retd.) Shahrukh Shamshad, also graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.
Mr. Niaz Ahmad conducted the programme and Mr. Satya Prakash proposed a vote of thanks.