07Oct2022

COVID-19 Devnar Foundation Policy Update

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1991 to 1996

  • The Devnar Trust was registered. 
  • The school was inaugurated in a private building on 10 th July, 1992, with four children. 
  • The hostel was started on 14th November, 1992. 
  • After completion of four rooms, the school was shifted to its own premises and the student strength increased to 81.

1997 to 1999

  • Received the President of India award as the foremost individual working for the blind. 
  • A single floor building with six classrooms and a dining hall were completed. 
  • Braille printer, braille Xerox machine and 4×4 braille printer were installed.
  • Ramananda Centre for Advanced Learning and Rehabilitation Centre inaugurated. 
  • The strength of the school increased to 146.

2000 to 2003 

  • Inaugurated the Devnar Printing House for the Blind. 
  • For the first time in the Country, introduced the following softwares: JAWS software for the blind, Swellform machine, Zoom text Software, and Braille duplicator. 
  • Added steam cooking machine. 
  • Inaugurated digital talking book library. 
  • On 3rd December,2002 I received the Best Institution in the Country Award for Service of Disabled Welfare at All-India level from the President of India, Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam.
  •  A solar water heating system of 1000 liters capacity was installed. 
  • Braille text books for all classes, printed at Devnar Printing Press, were released by His Excellency Sri. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of AP, and distributed to all the Schools for the Blind in Andhra Pradesh, free of cost. 
  • Dr. A P J. Abdul Kalam, the President of India, released the Braille version of his autobiography, “The Wings of Fire”, at Raj Bhavan and presented an autographed copy to me. One of our students, Swathi read excerpts from the book in the presence of the dignitaries.

2004 to 2008

  • I received the Dr. B.C. Roy Award as the best Medico Social worker in the Country from the His Excellency the President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. 
  • I received the Dr. T. Agarwal gold medal in Bombay for my social work at National level. 
  • I modified the Electronic Voting Machine for the visually challenged to enable them to vote without any assistance. 
  • My wife (Jyothi) and I made it into the Limca Book of World Records for translating Srimad Bhagvad Gita into Telugu Braille. 
  • Computer course D.C.A (CCIC) was started with 25 students. 
  • A computer lab, music room and office room were inaugurated by Swami Srikantananda of Ramakrishna Mission in the new building.
  • Mrs. Jyothi Goud received the Best Institution Award from the Vice President of India, His Excellency HAMID ANSARI on 3rd December (year?).

2009 to 2012

    • Started the College of Intermediate Studies for the Visually Impaired, first such college in the Country.
    • Students Mr. Pavan and Ms. Sushmita secured seats in the B.Tech Course of the JNTU, first time in the Country. 
    • Students Mr. Dikshith joined Chartered Accountancy and Mr. Bolla Srikanth joined the Engineering Course in MIT, Boston, a first for the Country. 
  • Received the highest civilian award, Padma Shri from The President of India, Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Patil in the year 2009
  • Advanced JAWs software with two new computers were installed. 
  • Amway Opportunity Foundation supported modern computer lab was inaugurated.
  • Materials necessary for modification of EVMs for Parliamentary Elections in 11 states and Assembly Elections in 2 states were printed and supplied. 
  • For the first time, 42 visually challenged children took the First Year Intermediate exam and 40 took the second year Intermediate exam. 
  • Strength of the school increased to 450 students. 
  • Two visually challenged children of our school were selected to represent the Indian Cricket Team for the Blind, to play in a one day International against England.
  • Established 2nd & 3rd modern computer labs. 
  • Installed two modern scanners. 
  • Inaugurated the mobile School for the Blind.
  • Conducted two all India Chess Tournaments for the visually challenged.
  • Five students got admission to National Law Schools.
  • Developed carrom board and basketball for the visually challenged with the support of Mr.Milan Dass.
  • Acquired three more braille printers.

2013 to 2015

  • Strength of the school increased to 500 students, achieving the status as the foremost school for the Blind in the World.
  • We produced visually challenged Engineering graduates, for the first time in the Country. 
  • We had 22 students from 14 Countries, sponsored by the Government of India to our school. 
  •  One of our students, Rajasekhar Reddy was successful in the CA exams, a first for the Country. 
  • We printed 500 sets each of Ramayana (6 Volumes), Maha Bharatam (6 Volumes), Srimad Bagavatha (3 volumes), with the financial support of Tirumal Tirupati Devasthanams, all in Braille.
  • Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi Ji released the Braille version of the Biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in New Delhi. 
  • The Devnar Foundation for the Blind was judged as the best NGO in Telangana State, and Honoured by Shri. K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Honorable Chief Minister, Telangana. 
  • We printed the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) books in Braille and distributed them among the Schools for the Blind in the Country.
  • Trained 50 visually challenged students studying in different colleges, in Computer Application during the summer camp in the year 2014. 
  • Conducted the 4th All India Chess Tournament for the visually challenged. 160 players from 14 states participated in this tournament in the year 2014. 
  • Conducted the 5th All India Cricket Tournament for the Visually Challenged. 8 states participated in this Tournament.

2015-2016

  • Trained 25 visually challenged Government employees in the use of Computer and Software.
  • About 90 Indian Police Service trainees from Sardar Vallabhbai Patel Police Academy visited our School for orientation. 
  • Trained 50 visually challenged students studying at different colleges in Computer Application during the summer camp in the year 2015.
  • Conducted 5th and 6th All India Chess Tournaments for the visually challenged. 145 players from 14 states participated in this tournament in the year 2015 & 2016. 
  • Conducted the 6th All India Cricket Tournament for the Visually challenged. Eight states participated in this Tournament. 
  • At the GE Science Fair 2016, our children of the 10th class participated in the following areas  along with various sighted children schools in 2016: Quiz, Working Model and Poster Competitions. Our children got 1st prizes in the Quiz and Working Model Competitions.

2016-2017

  • For the first time in the history of our Country, 37 visually challenged students took the Secondary School certificate board examination and secured good ranks.
  • The 4th Computer Lab was inaugurated by Shri. K.T. Ramarao, Honorable Minister, IT, Panchayat Raj, Government of Telangana. 
  • Trained 50 visually challenged students studying in different colleges in Computer Application during the summer camp in 2016. 
  • Conducted the 7th All India Chess Tournament for the visually challenged; 150 players from 13 states participated in this tournament in the year 2017. 
  • Foundation stone was laid for an additional Block. 
  • Our children participated in the National Children Science Congress 2016, all the way from the district level to the State level and then finally at the national level from 27th to 31st Dec. 2016.  Out of 700 total projects, 650 projects were from all over India and 50 projects from the ASEAN countries. 15 outstanding projects were selected at the National level and our project was one of the most outstanding. 
  • Telangana State Council of Science and Technology recognized our children achievement at the National level and awarded Rs.5000/- cash prize to our students. The Project title was “Impact of change in teaching methodologies on learning science subjects for visually challenged children to gain confidence in taking up the Engineering field for a good, decent livelihood”. 
  • Our children participated in the Science Fair Competition conducted Dr. K.V. Rao Scientific Society, Hyderabad along with other sighted children schools and obtained School Talent Award for the year 2016-2017 on 25th Dec. 2016. The leader of the team, G. Manasa was awarded Rs. 5000/- as a scholarship cash prize. 

2017-2018

  • Forty-one (41) Visually Challenged children took the SSC Board exam from our school for the first time in the country. 
  • One Hundred and Ten (110) Visually challenged students took the Intermediate 1st and 2nd year examinations, for the first time in the country. 
  • The Devnar Foundation organized the 8th All India Chess Tournaments for the Visually Challenged in our school from 2nd May 2018 to 6th May 2018. 
  • In 2017, twelve Kashmiri blind students (who lost vision due to stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir) were trained in Computers. 
  • Received the Dr. M. C. NAHATA NATIONAL AWARD for my Social work in prevention of Blindness and rehabilitation of visually challenged at the National Level from Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Honorable Speaker, Lok Sabha on 24th September, 2017 at INDORE. 
  • Received the National Award from His Excellency Shri. Ram Nath Kovind for the Best Placement Officer in the Country on 3rd December, 2017.

2018-2019

  • Forty-one (41) Visually Challenged children took the SSC Board exam from our school.
  • One Hundred and Ten (115) Visually Challenged students took the Intermediate 1st and 2nd year examinations for the first time in the country. 
  • Mrs. Lensa Gudina, the First Lady of Ethiopia, the Founder and Managing Director, Gudina Tumsa Foundation, Ethiopia, Mr. Iyobed Yonas, Programs Director, Mr. Tsegaye Gerba Milki, Special Needs Education Coordinator visited the Devnar School for the Blind on 9th October, 2018 from 10.00AM to 5.00PM to learn more details about the education of the visually challenged with the help of computers and the printing technology and for developing books in Braille. They observed the teaching methods adopted here for the visually challenged.
  • Ms. Serey Chea, the Assistant Governor, the Central Bank of Cambodia as well as the President and Board Member, Cambodian Economic Association, Ven. Banagala Upatissa Mahanayake Thero, Intenational Buddist President, Chief Sangha Nayaka for Japan from Sri Lanka and Vijeesh Mani, Producer and Director from Kerala, visited the Devnar School for the Blind on 25th September, 2018 from 10.00AM to 5.00PM to learn more details about education of the visually challenged with the help of computers and Braille book printing technology. They observed the teaching methods adopted here for the visually challenged. Ms. Serey Chea expressed the wish that she would like to start a similar School for the Visually Challenged in Cambodia. 

 

  • We printed 25 lakh ballot papers, 30 lakh Self Adhesive Braille stickers to EVMs for Assembly Elections Karnataka, Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh and General Parliament Elections in 2019 for 15 states with the financial support of respective states, utilizing the Braille printers in Our Braille Printing Press. Maximum contribution was done by our Braille press in the country in the shortest possible time. 

2020 

We have now completed construction of a four storied building comprising dining hall, computer labs, science labs, library reading room, audio recording room, classrooms and a girls’ dormitory. 

Every year over 50 students were passing the Intermediate exam, but only a few of them were getting admission into colleges with attached hostel facilities, while the rest of them were dropping out of education. To encourage such students towards higher education, this year we started graduation courses for the visually challenged, attracting students from all over the country.

Today at Devnar we have students coming from all over the country because of the assured quality education and bright future for the visually challenged children.