DNA Pune reports that the National Association for the Welfare of Physically Challenged, and an NGO called Snehankit have created a place where people with disabilities can get free computer education.
Located in Annabhau Sathe Vidyalaya on Kumthekar Road and inaugurated on Sunday, it is an example of what can be achieved when social and corporate sectors join hands. KPIT Cummins Infotech Systems Ltd and the Rotary Clubs of Pune City Sports, Kalyaninagar and Laxmi Road, have supported the effort.
The centre has special trainers for people with different disabilities. The NAWPC and Snehankit already run a computer training centre for the visually challenged, a recreational centre for the disabled and a digital library for the blind.
Rahul Deshmukh, President of both, NAWPC and Snehankit, is himself visually challenged, and faced various difficulties in his own education, and hence has taken this initiative in the hope of ensuring that others like him have it easier:
Deshmukh is visually challenged and known for his service to the disabled. He has done his MPhil in computer education for the blind. He is concerned about the physically challenged from economically weaker sections, who cannot afford education. “The training is free for the students. We are depending on donors for running the centre.” KPIT Cummins and the Rotary Clubs have generously supported the centre. The NGO runs without permanent sources of funds and is run by volunteers, said Deshmukh. The training centre has educated more than 500 people since 2003.
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