Thursday, 5 March 2020

Braille graffiti on the wall of the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India--a rare performance by students

05 March 2020
Society for the Visually Handicapped (SVH) congratulates Ishan Chakraborty, visually impaired Assistant Professor at the Dept of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata,for inspiring his students to innovate and etch out a Braille graffiti on the wall of the Jadavpur University as a student assignment. They wrote in Braille "Sub-altern" by using halved tennis balls.See attached news published in ABP 04 March 2020.

This is specially so because Ishan having lost his vision in his adolescence, invested a lot of hard work to learn English Braille from me soon after his HS exam paying regular visits to our Braille Library accompanied and assisted by his mother Poly.

We at SVH take pride on the fact that he has climbed up steps through sheer merit and perseverence, added new dimensions in his life and we,from SVH wish him all success in all his endeavors!
Hena Basu

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Braille Atlas from NATMO & Society for the Visually Handicapped, Kolkata 2020

03 March 2020
National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organization (NATMO), Govt of India, Kolkata, observed National Science Day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Professor C V Raman in their Sector V office auditorium. Topic: Science and Women.
Society for the Visually Handicapped felt highly honored as Secretary Hena Basu was invited as the Chief Guest and to deliver an address. Other speakers were Dr Rita Saha, Scientist (D), Central Pollution Control Board, and two more.Director Madam Dr Tapati Banerjee and her staff have already left a deep impact by taking up production of Braille maps, were extremely gracious in taking this step forward to promote "Inclusion" and gave me an opportunity to pay homage to Blind scientists and medical doctors like Nicholas Saunderson 1682-1739), the 4th Lucasian Professor at the Cambridge University, UK, Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), Abraham Nemeth (1918-2013), Dr Miss Nurgez J Sethna (1920-1994), Dr Sushama Agarwal, at present Faculty Member , Ramanujan Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Chennai & Dr V Usha, presently working at St Joseph's Hospital, Madurai.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Alokjatra hosted by International Eye Bank, Kolkata on 19 January 2020 at Sodepur Sukhchar, WB, India for cornea pledging

International Eye Bank, Kolkata jointly with Alor Dishari, Sodepur, Sukhchar hosted its annual "Alokjatra" in Sodepur Sukhchar on 19 January 2020. Purpose is to create an awareness about cornea pledging and remove superstitions relating to eye donation. On behalf of Society for the Visually Handicapped, Kolkata, an old associate of International Eye Bank, Kolkata, Ms Hena Basu, Secretary and Mrs Shipra Maitra, a retired employee of the Zoological Survey of India and an adult Blind person participated in the program. Please spread the message of cornea donation among your relatives and friends so that corneas are not wasted after death and promote pledging of eyes. For detail please contact the brochure.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Blind PhD student beaten up at Sabarmati Hostel, JNU January 06, 2020

Surya Prakash, a totally Blind PhD student of 1st year in Sanskrit, an alumni of St Stephens College, New Delhi, was severely beaten up in his room no 51, Sabarmati Hostel, JNU.
Even the words "shame, shame" have lost its edge!