NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards given away in the capital

The NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards were given away in the capital on 14th August 2016.
( | Press Release | 2016-08-16 13:57:35 )
Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Hon'ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment presided over the event, in the presence of Som Mittal, Jury Chair and Chariman, NCPEDP, Dr. Meenu Bhambhani, VP & Head – Corporate Social Responsibility, Mphasis Ltd, and Javed Abidi, Honorary Director NCPEDP, several corporates and winners.

The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)-Mphasis Universal Design Awards were incepted in 2010. Conservative estimates of the World Bank and World Health Organization suggests that there are about 70-100 million individuals with a disability in India.

One of the biggest challenges faced by people with disabilities is accessibility. Accessibility not only means access to physical spaces but also means access to information, technology, transport, services, aids and appliances, etc.

The awards aim to raise awareness about accessibility. This year, about 60 applications were received from across the country. The awards are the brainchild of Javed Abidi, who is also the global chair for Disabled People’s International (DPI).

The 12 award winners were as follows:-
Category: Organisations
Indigo Airlines, University of Hyderabad, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Newshook, Planet Abled, Sap Labs
Prem Nawaz Khan Maraikayar of PayPal Inc; Sandeep Sankat, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal; and Sujatha Srinivasan of Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras bagged the awards.
Category: Persons with disabilities
Danish Mahajan and Divya Sharma of Radio Udaan; Nirmita Narasimhan, policy director with the Centre for Internet and Society; and Sathasivam Kannupayan of won this award in the in persons with disabilities category.

Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Hon'ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment observed, “Commuting for the handicapped is a challenge in our country. Therefore all modes of transport should work towards this cause. We have to create a code of benefit for persons with disabilities, which ought to be complied with by all government and non-government institutions.”

“Through this award, we want to be able to tell organizations in India that accessibility is a huge commercial opportunity as well as a social responsibility. We are delighted with some of the work we have seen this year, but sincerely hope that more and more organizations come into the fold, “ said Javed Abidi.

Dr Meenu Bhambhani, VP & Head- Corporate Social Responsibility, Mphasis Ltd said,
“ Mphasis started supporting universal design because we didn't want accessibility to just be an afterthought. From the very beginning, be it transport or building or policy or the system, persons with disabilities should be included in the services. It warms my heart to see so many young people winning the award this year.”

About National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP):
Registered as an independent trust in 1996, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation working as an interface between Government, Industry, International Agencies and Voluntary Sector towards empowerment of persons with disabilities. In the past 20 years, NCPEDP has established itself as a leading cross-disability organisation which has later been strengthened by the formation of the National Disability Network (NDN) in 1999. Since then, NCPEDP has been successful in reaching people with disabilities across all states and union territories of the country and has successfully advocated several policy changes for empowerment of people with disabilities.

About Mphasis:
Mphasis is a leading IT solutions provider, offering Applications, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Infrastructure services globally through a combination of technology knowhow, domain and process expertise.

In the pictures

1st from left: Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Hon'ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
2nd from left: Som Mittal, Chairman, NCPEDP

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