Mrs. A. Jyothi Goud, true to her name, is really the light of the institution, dispelling darkness by her gracious presence and ever vigilant care. She is dynamic and resourceful and her best efforts are spontaneously given to improve every aspect of the Institute. She is a loving and compassionate mother to the students and the guiding force behind the organization. Her unlimited enthusiasm in making the children excel in dance and music is remarkable and praiseworthy. She is the fulcrum of the institute. In 1992, she fully shared Dr. Goud’s enthusiasm for launching the Devnar Foundation for the Blind, though her own children were small at that time. Now, eighteen years later, she realizes Our Correspondent with joy that she is destined to be a mother not only to her own children but also to hundreds of children who study and go out of Devnar School. She is a life member of Indian Red Cross Society, AP Branch, National Association for the Blind, and All India Women’s Conference. On December 3rd 2008 (the World Disabled Day) Mrs. Jyothi Goud received the National Award from the Vice President of India as Devnar School was adjudged the best institute for empowering the visually challenged.
In the life of an institution, the importance of teamwork and interdependence cannot be underestimated. The Visually Challenged Children have special needs and hence the teachers have multifaceted responsibilities and roles. This calls for a dynamic approach and a constant renewal of skills. Devnar School has an experienced Principal, Mrs. Lily Egbert, who sets the pace for academic excellence in the school; a Headmaster, Mr. K. Srinivas Reddy, who co-ordinates all educational programmes conducted here and also about 35 teaching staff who give unstinted support to all curricular and co-curricular activities. Most of the teachers are specially trained to teach the Visually Challenged students and the parent-teachers bring in a depth of understanding to the teaching process. Highly qualified educationists and professionals, who do voluntary service, enhance the learning experience of the students. The administrative and non-teaching staff see to the efficient functioning of the institution. The resident wardens take care of the needs of the students and the supporting staff maintains the cleanliness of the premises. Every year two volunteers sponsored by an organisation called Project Trust Centre from U.K and teach our students for a period of one year staying on the school premises. Besides these volunteers, we have had volunteers from Germany, Denmark, USA and Australia. The cultural exchange is beneficial for our students.