19th NCPEDP-Mind Tree Helen Keller Award 2018: 12 Awards announced on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Twelve Awards announced at 19th NCPEDP-Mind Tree Helen Keller Award 2018 on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

19th NCPEDP-Mind Tree Helen Keller Award 2018 at India International Centre Auditorium in Bangalore on December 3, 2018

Observing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2018, the 19th National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)-Mind Tree Helen Keller Awards was held at India International Centre Auditorium, Bangalore, where 12 awards were announced under three different categories. The awards were conferred on 12 exceptional individuals and organisations, who were role models in furthering employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

In its 19 year now, the awards have, over the years, emerged as a credible way to map the progress being made year by year towards greater dignity and empowerment of India’s 70 million disabled citizens.

Speaking at the occasion Arman Ali, Executive Director, NCPEDP said, “It is so heartening to see the kind of applications we have received this year. Typically most applications received are from the IT industry and this year it was refreshing to see that most applications received were from organisations and people working in the retail sector. We do look forward to seeing this work percolate to smaller towns and even villages”.

Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Congratulating the Awardees, the Chief Guest, Dr Satya Pal Singh, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development said, “It is so heartening to be here today and learn about the amazing work being done for and by people with disabilities. All that is required is some support and equal opportunities. In my capacity as Minister for Higher Education I commit all my support to ensure accessibility, in all respects across all our institutes of higher education, so that more and more people with disabilities will break the glass ceiling as employees, employers and entrepreneurs.”

Giving an acceptance speech on behalf of all Awardees, Shishir Rambhau Gorle, Founder, SquareMeal Foods Pvt Limited reiterated that “disability is rarely the challenge – people are disabled due to a hostile environment around them and that is the change we hope to bring about”.

NS Parthasarthy, Executive Vice Chairman and COO, Mindtree Limited said, “The visibility brought about by these awards is very encouraging and more importantly, this is the result of more organisations changing their attitudes and perceptions on having people with disabilities as part of their workforce – though more needs to be done. We congratulate all the Awardees and also NCPEDP for this very unique initiative to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Genesis

The genesis of the Helen Keller Awards started way back in 1999 as a result of the findings of a survey conducted of the Top 100 firms of India by the NCPEDP. The results showed that the average percentage of employment of people with disabilities was as follows:

-0.54 % in the public sector

– 0.28 % in the private sector

– 0.05 % in multinationals

Equal Opportunity

Thus, the objective of the Helen Keller Awards was to start a discourse on equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the area of employment and to recognise exceptional work done by corporate majors and individuals towards promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities in India. Over the years, these Awards have come to be recognised as the most prestigious Indian benchmark for honouring people and organisations which have been working towards promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities. For the past three years NCPEDP has been partnering with Mindtree for the Helen Keller Awards, a leading digital transformation and technology services company and a role model in the area of employment for persons with disabilities, to give away the NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Awards.

Registered in 1996, the NCPEDP is India’s premier cross disability, not-for-profit organisation working as an interface between Government, Industry, International Agencies and the Voluntary Sector towards empowerment of persons with disabilities. Its mandate is simple – to encourage employment of disabled people, increase public awareness on the issue of disability, empower disabled people with knowledge, information and opportunities and ensure easy and convenient access to all public places. NCPEDP works on six core principles, also called the six pillars of the organisation, such as Education, Employment, Accessibility, Legislation/Policy, Awareness/Communication and Youth. To know more, visit ncpedp.org.

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