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GRSVH, empowering visually challenged students for three decades

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Mahabubnagar: Government Residential School for the Visually Handicapped (GRSVH) was the first school for the blind in Telangana, established in Mahabubnagar in 1988. It was established during the tenure of NT Rama Rao as Chief Minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.

Almost three decades later, a look at the institution’s journey reveals how the institution has empowered hundreds of students. A visit to its campus takes one into another world-where differently-abled girls and boys are striving to stand on their feet on par with others in the society.

Separate hostels for girls and boys, spacious dining hall, good infrastructure can be seen on the five-acres campus. There are 20 teaching and non-teaching staff (some of them visually challenged including the Principal), doing their best to nurture and empower the students.

In 2002, when R Ramachandraiah was the MP of Mahabubnagar, he built a few classrooms on the campus and started a Junior College for the visually challenged. The institution has received the Best School Award twice (1997-98 and 2000-01) for achieving 100 per cent pass percentage.

Most of the students who have graduated from here have become teachers, lecturers, and bank employees, and have done well in their lives. According to Onga Ramulu, Principal of GRSVN, at least 300 former students are working in various government and private sectors. There are many students who are pursuing their higher education in Universities such as HCU and OU.

Tingirkar Venkatesh (27), a former student, is a Radio Jockey in Rainbow FM, and hosted ‘Saraaga Mala’ programme. He also works as a Staff Assistant in DCCB Bank, Mahabubnagar.

Students of the institution have received several Pratibha Awards and State-level championships in sports. One of its students stood second in Judo held in Japan. B Venkatesh, a former student, stood third in chess in the international Paralympics Competition. In the recently held State-level sports competitions in Hyderabad, eight of nine students sent from the institution won prizes.

All these achievements would not have been possible if not for generous help from the civil society. Former District Collector Sridevi and SVS Hospital House Surgeon Dr Sindhu donated ipods to students so that they could record subject material and classes.

Former MLC K Nageshwar had donated over Rs 10 lakh to the institution for construction of toilets and classrooms. There are other organisations and individuals in Mahabubnagar, who donate selflessly, according to the Principal.

It is known that Braille helps a visually challenged student to read and understand the subject. After the onset of computerisation, ‘JAWS software’ has become a boon for the visually challenged individuals, it helps in doing various tasks whether it is operating a phone, surfing the internet or typing a document.

The institution has computers but no computer operators. This problem is hampering the students’ ability to prepare for university entrance tests. The students are also hoping the institution would be upgraded to English medium soon. The Junior College on campus has only HEC as subjects. Unless immediate efforts are made subjects such as Science and Mathematics would remain out of reach for the students.

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