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Blind Walk at USTM
USTM students taking Pledge to
donate eyes on World Sight Day-2019 on 10 Oct 2019
Ri-Bhoi, October 10, 2019: In a bid to create social
responsibility among students on the occasion of World Sight Day
today, about 4000 students of the University of Science &
Technology Meghalaya have pledged to donate their eyes and help
the cause of the visually challenged people across the world.
Led by the visually challenged children studying in Jyoti
Niketan school of Narengi, Guwahati, students of USTM along with
university staff and authorities participated in the Blind Walk
at the university campus today which was a part of the larger
programme called ‘World Blind Walk’ being held at the same time
today in 200 locations across 5 countries including India, Sri
Lanka, China, Philippines and Canada. The walk-a-thon was
organised by NavJanan NGO run by the Claretian Missionaries in
the North East in association with USTM. The blind children also
enthralled all present with their singing performance at the end
of the walk-a-thon.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM
said, “We want to make our students socially responsible and
become ambassadors for social awareness. The purpose is to
express our solidarity with the visually challenged people and
to motivate for eye donation.” World Blind Walk is bringing
together over 500 organizations across the globe from social,
developmental, medical, academic and religious backgrounds on a
single platform to push for a global movement on Eye Donation.
Fr. (Dr.) Joseph Mappilaparambil, Director, NavJan said, “We
would like to draw your attention to the issues related to
blindness that is affecting a large section of our countrymen.
According to WHO, an estimated 39 million people are blind
worldwide. One in every three blind people lives in India – 15
million. As much as this fact arouses sympathy, it equally calls
for a response from every socially conscious person and
organization to reach out to them. We can join our hands to
bring them light”.
Sister Jomsy, Principal of Jyoti Niketan said that the Project
Vision was started by Fr. George Kannanthanam, a Claretian
missionary, as a response to meet the demands of the visually
impaired. “The goal is to fill gap between the supply and the
demand for corneas in India, which is about 100,000 at present”,
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global
attention on blindness and vision impairment, and is held on the
second Thursday in October each year. This year’s theme is
‘Vision First’ as fixed by International Agency for the
Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The diseases which receive
attention on World Sight Day are Trachoma, Low vision, Cataract,
Glaucoma, Refractive error and Diabetic Retinopathy.