I am a post graduate in Social Work and have been providing vocational counseling, vocational training and rehabilitation to persons with all categories of disabilities since January 1968. I retired as Joint Director from the Ministry of Labour, and supervised the twenty one Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for the Handicapped (VRCs) in India. I worked in different parts of the country and have introduced several VR programs such as community based rehabilitation (1976), Community based vocational training (1988) Some of them such as Outreach programs (1974), skill development (1976), Training of Employment Officers in Disabilities (1978) Employer Oriented Training (1980), adjustment training (1981), Community Based Vocational Training (1988), Rojgar Mela (Employer – Job Seeker Meet) (1990), Development of lexicon for “Signs for Tools” (1995), and even self employment (1976) or supported employment (1976), cooperatives (1983) were all new concepts at the time. Now they have become part and parcel of the vocational rehabilitation delivery system. Other group employment schemes such as Self Help Groups, Cooperatives and Home Bound Programs in addition to Customized Training to suit employers, were introduced. I streamlined the functioning of the VRCs by designing a Manual of Procedures and also developed “Signs for Tools” for use in training the deaf in vocational trades. I would have seen over 50,000 persons with disabilities and helped at least 15 to 20 thousand in VR through wage paid or self employment besides providing guidance and solace to the rest.
At present I am a consultant on the Rehabilitation Council of India for manpower development and a senior member of Professional Social Worker’s Association. My expertise is being used by several NGOs and government departments for streamlining, improving, evaluating and designing innovative ways of service delivery system.
I was decorated with the National Award by the President of India for my services to the disabled in 1983 and by the Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs on several occasions.
Included in “Contemporary Who is Who” brought out by American Biographical Institute, USA in 2003 for outstanding contribution to the disabled, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from International Biographical Institute, U.K. in 2004.
Was decorated as Best Rehabilitation Consultant by Tamilnadu Dr MGR University of Medical Sciences (Statutory), Chennai in December 2012