Award of Excellence
Born a visually impaired in the remote village of a lower middle class family of a farmer, Dr.Boopathi went on to achieve greater and greater success with distinction in his academic career with his indomitable will, focus, perseverance, dedication and hard work. Dr. Boopathi joined Nethrodaya in the year 2009 for his under graduate degree in English from Presidency College and he made great use of all the learning opportunities offered by Nethrodaya such as computer training, digital library and reader services. Based on his merit and qualification, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University in 2017. Dr.Boopathi is a shining role model and a great inspiration to the visually impaired community. Nethrodaya awarded Dr.Boopathi, one of its alumni for his excellence in his chosen field with the award of "Role model in higher education";.
Mrs. G.Vijayakumari a Special Educator started her teaching career in 1989 for the visually impaired students. Her 28 year journey is spread across several Government run special schools for both boys and girls. She has been a picture of dedication, compassion and relentless hard work which promoted her to the post of Principal. Her dedicated performance during her tenure inspired District Collectors and Members of the Corporate World to extend generous financial support for Infrastructural Development for Government Special Schools. She has saved the lives of many Visually Impaired children in times of medical emergency. Nethrodaya honored Mrs. G.Vijayakumari with the award of "Role model in Special Education";
Being Visually Impaired from birth and born in a poor family, Mr. S.Pandyaraj completed his BA course, which later extended to MA, M.Ed and M.Phil degrees and he also honed his computer skills along with Braille and short hand. His sincerity, hard work and perseverance in learning attracted job offers from many leading institutions. He is a successful soft skill trainer, and his training programs and workshops have produced many computer literates as well as effective trainers from among the visually impaired community. By dint of hard work and diligence, he came out successful in the competitive Bank recruitment examination and has been appointed in a leading nationalized Bank. He continues to organize computer training workshops and various other skill development programs for the visually impaired across Tamil Nadu. Nethrodaya honored Mr.S.Pandiyaraj with the award for "Trend Setter in Social Work";
Dr. Hemachandran Karah,
Dr. Hemachandran Karah, the recipient of the Role Model in Higher Education Award An Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, Dr. Karah has published many international research papers including life writing, comparative musicology, disability studies and medical humanities. He has signed a contract with Oxford University to publish a monograph on the literary works of Ved Mehta. At present Karah is working on a book on the phenomenon of blind culture
Dr.Subramaniam Garimella, the recipient of Editorial Leadership Award Dr. Garimella, a visually challenged since birth, is a person of strong will and determination. A history graduate from Loyola College, Chennai, he did post graduation in Politics from JNU, Delhi, followed by a doctorate in Political Science from the London School of Economics. He landed a job in the leading English daily "The Hindu"; and continues to work there as a Deputy Editor, excelling in his domain. He has varied interests apart from journalism, Carnatic music being one among them, and can sing very well.
Thiru. P. Chandrasekar,
Thiru. P. Chandrasekar, the recipient of the "Trend setter in social work" award. An auditor by profession, Thiru. P. Chandrasekar F.C.A has been serving the visually challenged for the past 15 years. He is the Honorary Secretary for the Tamil Nadu chapter of the National Association for the Blind. He started a paper cup manufacturing unit at Cheyyar, solely managed by the visually impaired and continues to extend help in all possible ways to the visually impaired. He caters to the needs of many visually impaired students at Chennai, Vellore, Cheyyar and Thanjavur
Dr. Jayabalan and Mrs Lakshmi
Dr. Jayabalan and Mrs Lakshmi are the recipients of the "Made for Each Other Couple" award. Dr. Jayabalan Ph.D, hails from a small village near Karur and has a humble background, with his father being a farmer. His darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence which helped him climb the ladders of education, and he has a doctorate in Tamil. He works at the office of the Superintendent of Police, Karur. United in wedlock with Mrs. Lakshmi who is his vision, they have so much in common, though different in type. Such a contrast, yet with their harmony and strength of matrimony, they are pacemakers of a successful marriage and well deserving for this award, "Made for each other couple";.