Government College for Women in Thiruvananthapuram reaches out to the differently-abled through its forum, Praptha


Medhaj Krishna considers Subhash Chandran’s Samudrashila a singular try in Malayalam literature. For Athulya Venugopal, Sara Joseph’s Nilavu Ariyunnu is an ideal illustration of the soulful relationship between man and nature. And Dhanya Ravi feels that no different e-book celebrates the survival spirit of mankind like Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar In A Sieve.

Differently-abled Medhaj, Athulya and Dhanya, all voracious readers, got a platform to recognize one in all their favorite books at a web based competitors organised by Praptha, an inside committee for the welfare of the differently-abled at the Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram.

The contest, held final month, was open to these in the age group of 18 to 30 from throughout the nation. Entries had been invited in each English and Malayalam. They had to ship voice notes of 10 to 12 minutes period to a WhatsApp quantity.

Ignited minds

“Books have been my companions. It was the first time that I had taken part in such a contest and the experience has been unforgettable,” says Athulya, who got here first in the Malayalam class. An undergraduate pupil in Malayalam literature from Kozhikode, she has brittle bone illness.

Medhaj has cerebral palsy and speech impairment. But this Plus One pupil from Thiruvananthapuram is a broadcast creator with the pseudonym Ayyappan Adoor. “It is his mother who read out his piece for the contest and he won third place. Our society is judgmental about the potential of the differently-abled population and we wanted to prove such people wrong. The contest was an attempt to bring these people into the mainstream,” says Uma Jyothi V, convener of Praptha, and head, Department of Economics.

She cites the instance of Mayuri S, an undergraduate pupil from the faculty, who took academics and college students without warning when she posted an appreciation of OV Vijayan’s quick story assortment, Kadaltheerathu. “Mayuri is autistic and we never expected to see this side of her. The competition was an eye-opener in many ways as we got to know about ignited minds from several places,” says Uma. E-certificates got away to all members and winners had been felicitated by way of a Google Meet.

Praptha was shaped in October final 12 months as per the directive of the University Grants Commission to all schools to arrange an inside committee for the welfare of the college students with disabilities. “We named the committee Praptha [meaning ‘able’] so that it doesn’t have an official tag attached to it,” Uma says.

The committee includes the faculty principal, academics, dad and mom, pupil representatives and administrative employees of the faculty. In addition, there are pupil volunteers, “called Changathees (friends)”, who transfer round with the Praptha members. The faculty has 50 college students with completely different sorts of incapacity on its rolls.

“They have been interacting daily via Njaan Praptha, a WhatsApp group. Earlier, these students were either reluctant or were unable to watch any cultural or art event in college. But things changed after Praptha was constituted. Some of them even performed on stage at the Christmas and New Year celebrations on the campus,” Uma provides.

During the lockdown, the Praptha workforce got here up with initiatives to hold these college students linked through on-line platforms. “The students were upset about not meeting each other. Some of them were emotionally affected by the change of routine. Parents were also worried. So we started Praptha Muttam, a meeting via Google Meet app. It’s meant to cheer them up,” she explains.

Praptha plans to maintain a studying session on Praptha Muttam in reference to Independence Day. Participants can learn out or converse on a lesser-known freedom fighter. Kerala State Youth Commission’s Youth Icon Award Winner PS Krishnakumar, who has muscular dystrophy, will probably be the chief visitor.

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