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Free Special Higher Secondary School for the Visually Impaired Children

Presently, this is the one and only free residential higher secondary special school and B. ed college in Tamil Nadu run by a visually impaired person. Our special school and B.ed college will meet the educational needs of hundreds of under privileged visually impaired and physically challenged students in the years to come.

Prior to the academic year 2012-2013, the application for Board examinations was required to be filled in manually and submitted physically. State Government has introduced online submission of application forms for Board examinations from the year 2012-2013. However this online facility could not be availed by visually impaired students as there were no provisions for indicating whether the candidate is visually impaired or not, and whether the visually impaired candidate require the assistance of scribes or not, in the online application form. Nethrodaya brought this deficiency in the online application form to the notice of the Directorate of School Education, Government of Tamilnadu, with an appeal to redesign the online application by including the data fields for obtaining information regarding the nature of disability and option for availing scribes in respect of visually impaired. The State government accepted the appeal of Nethrodaya and issued orders to modify the format of the online application form so as to include the details of visual impairment and option to use scribes. This online facility will benefit thousands of visually impaired students for years to come.

Inclusion of Disabilities in Submission of Online Application

Ensured the Employment Opportunities in Government Sector

Even though the State Government had issued a G.O's to all the Government recruitment agencies to reserve 3 % of the vacancies for differently-abled candidates and in case there are no suitable candidates from the differently-abled community in a particular year, the unfilled vacancies should be carried forward to the next year, there are lot of backlog in filling up vacancies by Teachers Recruitment Board. Nethrodaya took up the matter with the State Government to take immediate action to fill up the vacancies of PG assistants and Lectures in various disciplines. In response to Nethrodaya's prolonged follow up action, the Secretary, Welfare of Differently Abled Persons Department, Government Of Tamilnadu, has given an order to notify special recruitment drive to recruit the differently-abled persons in various teaching posts.

Direct private visually impaired students appearing for State Board Examinations were asked to pay examination fees. This requirement had caused unhappiness and discontent among the visually impaired students of Tamilnadu. Nethrodaya took up the matter with the State Government by meeting the officials of the concerned Departments and appealed to them to grant exemption of examination fees for the visually impaired students. Government of Tamilnadu considered our appeal in detail and issued orders granting exemption of examination fees for direct private visually impaired students appearing for Board Examination henceforth. This fee exemption has already benefitted many visually impaired students, specially the private candidates, for the current year and going to benefit hundreds of such students in future. Nethrodaya has thus addressed the felt need of the visually impaired student community and was instrumental in securing the great boon to the visually impaired student community. Obtaining a historic G.O from School Education Department towards Fee Waiver for theVisually Impaired Private candidates appearing for Board Exams for Obtaining SpecialPermission for Visually Impaired Students to apply in Online Mode for their Board ExamsG.O No 220 dated 09.07.2013.

Nethrodaya's initiative for getting fee exemption for private visually impaired candidates

Nethrodaya has established a Braille Library cum Research Training center supported By
Government of Tamilnadu G.O no 86 dated 04.06.2004.


Government of Tamilnadu allots Seven Grounds of Land for Nethrodaya towards creating
Insfrastructure facility for the Visually Impaired G.O No 748 dated 20.11.2006.


Issuing a historic G.O from the Housing Department towards the exemption of INDA charges
for Nethrodaya G.O No 31 dated 09.03.2018.


Obtaining revision of Fee Structure from Tamilnadu Teachers Education University for
Nethrodaya. click here 


Obtaining a historic G.O from School Education Department towards appointment of Scribes
for the Visually Impaired Students appearing for Board exams, G.O No 54 dated 29.02.2016. 

Obtaining a Special Order from the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court for the appointment of Scribes for the Visually Impaired students dated 28.01.2016.  

Obtaining a Special Order from Higher Education Department towards appointment of Scribes for the Visually Impaired Students appearing for their University Exams dated 08.03.2016 . Click Here 

Best outgoing student for the year 2001 at Centre for Social Initiatives and Management,

conferred by The Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Presented a Paper on “Suggestions and Inputs to Improve the Conditions of Blind Population

in TamilNadu” at M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.

On 8th September 2003. The paper “Suggestions and Inputs to Improve the Conditions of Blind Population in TamilNadu” was recommended to Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Presented a paper on “Health Education on Development of Children with Differently Abled” at Lee Royal Meridian Hotel, Chennai, jointly organized by UNICEF and Government of Tamil Nadu.

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