Karunya University Held a National Conference on Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons

Samithi for Education, Environment, Social, and Health Action (SEESHA) and Karunya University have been revolutionizing biomedical technologies for the last 6 years with biomedical products. The National Science Day on February 28th has been themed this year as ''Science and Technology for Persons with Disabilities'' by the Department of Sciences and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, and a National Conference was held by Karunya University and SEESHA on this day to commemorate this theme.  

Eminent Speakers at the Conference

Academicians, Technologists, Scientists, Industrial Partners, Professionals using Technology, Differently-Abled Persons, and Vendors evaluated the existing Assistive Technology and reviewed challenges in today's context. Numerous eminent speakers both able bodied and differently abled attended the conference. Dr. C Joseph Kennady, Registrar Karunya University, welcomed the speakers and the delegates and stated that this was just the beginning of a series of conferences and workshops to be conducted after which Dr. S Sundar Manoharan, Vice Chancellor, Karunya University gave a gist of how the Hon' Prime Minister recognized the inadequacy of Assistive Devices and Technology in our country and has asked the Department of Science and Technology to sanction funds to develop technology to reach the persons who are differently abled. 

  • A representative of EOS India, Dr. Joe Ajay, showed a pattern shift in Technology where 3D printing will reform the methodology in manufacturing Assistive devices. 
  • HOD- PMR and Sports Medicine Consultant, Dr. Dobson Dominic, showed how ergonomic chairs are not only required for persons in the corporate sectors but also with minimal adaptations can be used as a therapeutic tool for the differently abled persons. 
  • Mr. Prashant and Dr.  Chetan, who are both differently abled, used laptops with special apps to communicate to the delegates where they keyed in their answers in word format which was translated into a voice output. They used an IPAD with Clicker 5, a word recognition software, to communicate with the delegates. 
  • Special Educator and Associate Director of Spastics Society of Karnataka, Mrs. Priya Rao, along with her colleague Mrs. Kumuda spoke about the availability of low-cost technology being used and the need for more such low-cost technology in our country. 
  • Mr. Sama Raju, a representative of Mobility India, stressed on the fact that only 5-15% of the differently abled have access to assistive devices.  




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