R. Narasimham, born in Irala village , Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh and a post graduate in Social Work from Madras School of Social Work (1963 – 65) has been providing vocational counseling, vocational training and rehabilitation to persons with all categories of disabilities since January 1968. Retired as Joint Director from the Ministry of Labour, he supervised the Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for the Handicapped (VRCs) in India. Worked all over India (New Delhi, Kanpur, Chennai, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi). He is a pioneer in Vocational Rehabilitation in India and introduced several innovative rehabilitation programs for the benefit of pwd. As supervisor for the Vocational Rehabilitation Centres for Handicapped in the Country, he streamlined the functioning of the VRCs by designing a Manual of Procedures and developed “Signs for Tools” for use in training the deaf in vocational trades. Would have seen over 50,000 persons and helped over 15000-20000 in wage paid or self employment besides providing guidance to the rest.
He was in charge of service delivery in the beginning and was involved in developing schemes, policy, budgeting, inter-ministerial interaction and participation in all govt. and Non govt. institutes for developing and designing schemes. He has been teaching for trainees in several courses of RCI and Schools of Social Work. Guided future professionals from Certificate level to post graduate and doctorate level in the field through teaching and mentoring.
He is conversant with Telugu, (mother tongue) and English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi besides fluency in sign language used by the hearing Impaired.
He had his training in Rehabilitation of the Deaf at Hotsprings Rehabilitation Center, Hotsprings, Arkansas, USA (1969) and Computer Application in Management of Vocational Training Institutions at the Advanced Training Center, International Labour Organization at Turin, Italy and Paris, France.(1988)
He was decorated with the National Award by the President of India for his 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.
He was awarded for exemplary service as Rehabilitation Consultant by Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai (2012)
A consultant on the Rehabilitation Council of India for manpower development is nominated as Chairman of the Committee constituted by RCI for developing courses on Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Social Work and other placement, counseling activities. He was involved in developing course for M.A. in Disability Studies, Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (Mentally Retarded) and designed Diploma course in Vocational Rehabilitation (Across Disabilities) for RCI.
He is also a Member of National Board of Examinations in Rehabilitation constituted by the Govt. of India and Senior Member of Professional Social Worker’s Association
His expertise is being used by several NGOs and government departments for streamlining, improving, evaluating and designing innovative ways of service delivery system and livelihood programs for the disadvantaged. He also teaches in several institutes conducting diploma, graduate and post graduate courses for future professionals in the field of disabilities.
At present he is consultant with RCI and guides institutions in setting up facilities for the pwd, starting courses in rehabilitation in addition to taking up relevant Research Projects.