Recognising the yeoman service being rendered by JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled in Mysore, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, honoured the Polytechnic with the National Award (Additional) 2012 under the category “Best Institution Working for the Cause of Persons with Disabilities.”

The award was presented to Nanjundaswamy, Principal of the Polytechnic, by President Pranab Mukherjee on Feb.6 in a function held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Kumari Selja, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and D. Napoleon, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, were present.

The differently abled need equality, opportunity and accessibility in all respects to prove their abilities and not the mere sympathy. Knowing this philosophy, the JSS Mahavidyapeetha established JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled in Mysore in 1991 with the support of the Dept. of Technical Education and Govt. of Karnataka under its World Bank Assistance Scheme.

The Polytechnic was the first of its kind in India which started to provide formal professional education at diploma level exclusively for the Differently Abled.

The new campus of the Polytechnic was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Jan.3, 1999 in the presence of Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, President of JSS Mahavidyapeetha.

Initially, three diploma courses namely Architecture, Computer Science and Commercial Practice were started as aided courses. Three more diploma courses were added later in Jewellery Design & Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired.

Totally, 439 differently abled candidates are studying during the current academic year 2012-13 in the Polytechnic and about 75% of them are hearing impaired.

About 1,100 differently abledcandidates have obtained diploma from the Polytechnic so far. Many of them are well placed in educational institutions and companies like IBM, Wipro, Infosys, Excel Soft etc.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore