ALIGARH: The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt Gen (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah inaugurated today a Workshop on Braille Literacy & Book Access for the visually challenged students of Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged of AMU.
Addressing the students, Lt Gen (Retd) Shah said that they did not need to be disheartened on being challenged as Allah had gifted them special qualities that ordinary people did not have. He advised them to wake up their special characteristics and work hard to develop their qualities to excel in all fields including academic, extracurricular and sports. He assured them best possible support from the University administration in their efforts to attain excellence.
Ms Firdaus Rehman, Principal of the School, said that the objective of the Workshop was to appraise and update the knowledge of students with the help of latest, digital, smart techniques and devices. She said that the school was providing education to visually challenged children from all over the country irrespective of their gender, caste, creed, color and religion and its mission was to rescue the differently-abled children from crisis and to strengthen their belief in themselves. Ms Rehman highlighted the developmental activities and future plans for the school.
Ms Zainab Kamchiniwala from Bookshare India, New Delhi and Mr Nirmal Verma from Perkins School for Blind, Lucknow, provided hands-on training to the students using latest computer gadgets especially designed for visually challenged.
AMU Registrar, Group Captain (Retd) Shahrukh Shamshad, Coordinator, AMU Schools, Dr Afifullah Khan, Mrs Sabiha Simi Shah, Chairperson, Department of Education, Professor Sunita Sharma and Dr Tasadduq Hussain graced the occasion. The program was conducted by Mohd Taslim Khan.
Students of the school presented school choir and University Tarana while Ghazala Parveen presented a patriotic song.