Rehabilitation & Empowerment Center (SRM REC) inaugurated for the Differently Abled

Rehabilitation and Empowerment Center was inaugurated on November 23, 2011 at SRM University, Kattankulathur, to benefit the differently abled people in the Chennai and Kancheepuram districts.
As part of the social commitment, SRM University "SRM REC" was inaugurated in the OT clinic of SRM Hospital, by Thiru P.R. Shampath, IAS, State Commissioner for the Differently abled welfare Department on November 23, 2011 for differently abled children. This was preceded by the MOU signing ceremony between Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, SRM University and National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD).
Dr. P. Thangaraju, Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical) welcomed the gathering. Dr. D. Balakrishnan, Dean Medical Research presented an overview about SRM University and NIEPMD Director, Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan, detailed about the services they offer.
MOU envisaging collaboration between SRM and NIEPMD was signed by Registrar, SRM University and the Director, NIEPMD. Dr. N. Chandraprabha, Associate Director (Health Sciences) SRM University highlighted the vision ahead of the academic, rehabilitative and research collaboration between the two institutions.
Dr. M. Ponnavaiko, Vice Chancellor, SRM University in his presidential address appreciated the joint collaboration. He underlined the need for a focus on the preventive aspects of disability. He also assured that technical and other expertise from the SRM University will be extended to this venture, an example being 'virtual eye' for the blind developed by SRM scholar.
Thiru P. R. Shampath, IAS, State Commissioner for differently abled welfare Department in his inaugural address lauded the social initiative behind this venture. Under his stewardship, centers of early detection of hearing impairment (EDHI) have been started in 32 districts. Thiru P.R. Shampath emphasized the importance of finding solutions to reduce the population of disabled in the country. He also suggested that early intervention of disability is essential to implement remedial measures. Children belonging to 0 to one year age group should be targeted to cut short the time lapse and to enhance the chances of leading a normal life.
He suggested that the SRM University must collaborate with the early intervention centre at Tambaram. He also suggested that the SRM REC might better be renamed as Early Detection Rehabilitation and Empowerment Centre, to reflect the true scope of the centre. He distributed wheel chairs, hearing aids and motor bike to the differently abled people.
Dr. James Pandian, Dean SRM Medical College & Hospital offered felicitations. Mr. D. Suresh, Dean College of Occupational therapy proposed vote of thanks and the function ended with National Anthem

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