In connection with 125th Anniversary of Ramakrishna Mission and Math, Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education (FDMSE), Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Coimbatore Campus organized District Level Literary Competitions for the Differently Abled on 31.08.2023.
The programme started with prayer song at 10:00 am and after that welcome address was delivered by Dr. N. Muthaiah, Dean, School of Rehabilitation and Sports Science, RKMVERI. He highlighted the importance of conducting cultural and literary competitions for students especially for children with special needs towards holistic approach to education. After lighting the kuthuvilakku, orientation about the competition was given by Dr.S.Parween, Assistant Professor, FDMSE-RKMVERI. Swami Garishthanandaji Maharaj, Administrative Head, RKMVERI, Coimbatore campus presided over the programme and released the 8th Issue of Braille magazine ‘Wonders of Touch’ in which the content contributors are children with special needs. Swami Nirmaleshanandaji Maharaj, Assistant Administrative Head, FDMSE – RKMVERI, Coimbatore campus graced the occasion and motivated the students to take part in the competitions. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr.K.Dhanalakshmi, Assistant Professor, FDMSE- RKMVERI.
The competitions were held at various venues from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Total number of 88 students with special needs (70 from schools and 18 from colleges in Coimbatore district) participated in the programmme. A total of 20 educational institutions (13 general and special schools and 7 higher education institutions) took part in the events. The events included speech competition for students with visual impairment, sign language and drawing competitions for students with hearing impairment and colouring competition for students with intellectual disabilities. In this competition, 16 students with visual impairment (6 girls and 10 boys) 38 students with hearing impairment (15 girls & 23 boys) and 34 students with Intellectual disabilities (21 girls & 13 boys) participated and exposed their talents and also won prizes.
The details of the competitions are given below:
|Sl. No.||Competition||Type of Disability||Category||Theme|
|1||Speech Competition||Students with Visual Impairment||Category I – 6th – 8th Standard (English & Tamil) Category II – 9th to 12th Standard Category III –UG & PG Level (English & Tamil)||
|2||Sign Language Competition||Students with Hearing Impairment||Category I – 8th to 10th Standard Category II – Post Matric Level|
|3||Drawing Competition||Students with Hearing Impairment||Category I – 8th to 12th Standard|
|4||Colouring Competition||Students with Intellectual Disability||Category I – Secondary Level (11 to 14 years)||Nature and environment|
A panel of judges evaluated the performances of the participants and accordingly best performers were selected from the respective category of each competition. The Prize distribution event held at 3.00 pm at Yoga Hall FDMSE. Swami Nirmaleshanandaji Maharaj, Assistant Administrative Head, FDMSE – RKMVERI, Coimbatore campus graced the occasion and distributed Prizes to the winners of various competitions. Twenty-two winners of various competitions received a Cash prize of Rs.1000/-, Rs.700/- and Rs.500/- and Certificate of Awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. The Participation Certificates were given to all other participants who participated in the competitions. Lunch was provided to all the participants (88) and their escorts (26) (In-charge Teachers and Parents). The event ended successfully with blessings of Holy Trio.
Below are some of the photos of the programme