Th 9th edition of the NCPEDP MPHASIS UNIVERSAL DESIGN AWARDS was held recently in Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi to commemorate those who have made impeccable contribution in actively promoting accessibility for persons with disability.
The awards were given away by Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri- Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
The Election Commission of India was among the winners. The ECI was recognised for working towards creating auxiliary polling stations for persons with disabilities for the upcoming elections. Other key awardees included Alim Chandani, of Centum‐GRO Initiative Skill Training Center for the Deaf (New Delhi), Dhananjay Bhole, Academic Co-ordinator, Centre for Inclusive Education and Accessibility, Savitribai Phule University (Pune), Harish Kumar, Founder, Ability on Wheels (Ahmedabad), Dr. JS Arora, General Secretary, National Thalassemia Welfare Society (New Delhi), Tigmanshu Bhatnagar of IIT Delhi, Vishal Kapoor, Chief Design Officer of Future Enterprise Ltd (Mumbai), Orkids Foundation (New Delhi) , Ezy Mov Solution Pvt. Ltd. (Mumbai), Amar Jain, Associate (Equity Capital Market), Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Corporate Law Firm, Mumbai), Vishal Kumar Jain, Senior Manager, HR MIS & Analytics, TATA Motors (Mumbai), Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (Bengaluru) and National Association of the Deaf (New Delhi).
9th NCPEDP Mphasis Universal Design Awards given away in Delhi
Speaking at the awards,
Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri said, “This government recognises that it is only when each individual can truly enjoy ‘Ease of Living’ in our urban centres, will India’s development story be deemed a success. The Divyang community is an integral part of our social fabric, and they too deserve access to the benefits of urban living.”
Som Mittal, Chairman of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) said, “Accessibility is essential to empowerment and cuts across sectors. It can only be achieved if every Ministry includes accessibility for persons with disabilities as an integral part of their work.”
Suryanarayan V, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mphasis said, “We need to be a part of the larger national discourse on ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities.”