GUWAHATI, Sept 22 - The city-based charitable trust, Indian Institute of Research and Development for Differently Abled (iirdda), has announced the institution of an annual award to be known as the ‘iirdda Award’ for persons with disabilities having outstanding performance in different fields of activities.
The award will be instituted from the current year and it will carry a cash prize of Rs 1, 00, 000 (one lakh), besides a citation and a cheleng chadar, said iirdda honorary managing director Dr Ramani Barman in a statement here today.
iirdda has decided to request the Governor to present the award and the Chief Minister to attend the function as a distinguished guest.
A three-member committee has been constituted to select the winner of the award for the current year with Dr Atul Sarma, former VC of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, as well as a noted economist as chairman, Dr HL Duorah, former VC, Gauhati University, and former Asam Sahitya Sabha president and veteran journalist Kanaksen Deka as members, said Dr Barman. The award will be presented at a function scheduled to be held at the Machkhowa Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts on December 3.
iirdda has been working for persons with disabilities since its inception. Its activities include conducting various kinds of workshops, seminars, awareness camps for disabled persons and educational research for persons with disabilities.
This year the institute has started a specially designed modular degree course for the deaf and HS course for blind students of the region, said Dr Barman.