Chandigarh, September 17, 2019: The Centre for Human Rights and Duties, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a Sports Meet, here today on the theme ‘Sankalp Samaavesh Ka’ (A Pledge for Inclusion).
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University encouraged the students with special needs. He said that God gives special talent to such children. It is upon the parents to identify that talent. Laying emphasis on the responsibility of the society towards children with special needs, he said that the society should provide opportunities to such children so that they may become a part of the society. He also assured the parents that University would render all the help for all such events organized in future as well.
Dr Namita Gupta, Chairperson of the Centre stated that the purpose of the event was to motivate differently abled children to be part of the mainstream society and to sensitize the students of the university towards the needs of the differently-abled children.
Around 200 students including differently abled children from various schools and NGOs such as Ashadeep, Discover Ability and GRIID participated in the event. Various games such as 4x50 metre relay, three leg race, sack race, 50 meter race, 100 metre race and spoon lemon race were played by differently abled children along with the student volunteers of the Centre for Human Rights. The names of children with Intellectual disabilities who won in various games were: Lakhvir, Omprakash, Bulbul and Jyoti in spoon and lemon race; Vickey and Akshay in 50 meters race; Bhawana, Anmol, Manpreet, Raman in 3 leg race; Abhishek Kohli, Tanveer, Tushar, Nitin, Jatin, Harman and Tejinder in Men relay race; Anshika, Ranju, Hemant, Ananya, Kalpana and Purva in Women relay race.
Other guests that encouraged the students with their presence were Dr. Parminder Singh, Director Sports; Dr. Rakesh Malik, Deputy Director, Sports; Dr. Neeru Malik, PU Fellow and Assistant Professor, Dev Samaj College, Sector 26, Chandigarh; Prof Rakesh Mohindra, Deptt of Laws; Dr Parveen Goyal, UIET; Ms. Sheetal Negi, Coach, Special Olympic (GRIID); Mr. Harmanjeet Gill, Coach, Special Olympic, (Discover Ability, Mohali) and Jagwinder Singh, well known Para Cyclist.
Vikram Nayyar, Finance and Development Officer and officiating Registrar, Panjab University, Prof. Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare (DSW) and Prof Neena Kaplash, DSW (W) awarded the winners with medals and certificates.
The event was a success with the participation of student volunteers from Centre for Human Rights and Duties, other departments of Panjab University, and volunteers of Dev Samaj College, Sector 26, Chandigarh. The event was sponsored by Marbella Grand, Kreative Chocolatier and Nutelite.