TIME-LINE OF BPA

Year

Month

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1947

October

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Immediately after India attained Independence a historical meetings of a few leading blind persons was convened at Surat. 

Mr. Jagadishbhai was a participant in that meeting.

1950

April

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Jagadishbhai formed “Blind Men’s Association”, Ahmedabad as an independent Organization with no office premises and no staff. Jagadishbhai was the founder general secretary and Mr. Nagardas Arjundas chavda was the President of the Organization. Mr. Ambalal Sarabhai donated a house at Kameswar ni-pole to run the organization.  Aim:-The main aim was to get together and discuss about various issues related to blind peoples. Basically all members are meetings on Saturday and Sunday.

1952

January

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Formerly National Association for the Blind was established by a resolution of   the 1st all India conference on work for the Blind held in Mumbai.

1953

May

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NAB was registered under Mumbai public charitable trust Act-1950.

1954

July

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NAB was registered under Indian societies registration Act-1860.

1956

 

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Centre for Blind Girls was formed at Memnagar, Ahmedabad.

Jagdishbhai was the founder secretary

1958

 

 

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Prisoners Transcription Project  for Braille circulating library was started.

April

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Kanubhai and Bhadraben Joined with BMA activities and formed a trio with Jagadishbhai.

1959

 

 October

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Beginning of Braille reading and writing competition.

 December

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State level convention on the welfare organizations Association held at BMA.

1960

 

 

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Formation of Adult Training Centre for the blind. (Then president of BMA Mr. Jaikishna Harivallabhadas supported the idea).

 

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C.N. Braille circulating library opened at house of Sheth Mr.

Indubhai Dayabhai’s donated house. (Braille Pustak Nirman)

1961

June

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Recognition of Adult Training Centre for the blind by Director of Social welfare, Govt of Gujarat.

1962

March

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1st land for Campus allotted by City Deputy Collector ,Ahmedabad at Village Vastrapur. -Additional land allotted on Jan 1966 by Ahmedabad Educational Society at nominal rate.

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Jagdish K. Patel attended the Blind Administration Course in London

1963

 

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1st Campus building was built at Vastrapur with kind donation of Lions Club of Ahmedabad Main. Braille Periodical USHA was published.

1964

October

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NAB Gujarat branch was formed in the premises of BMA.                             

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Technical School Started

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Secondary School for the blind was recognized.

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the International Conference of World Council for the Blind in New York

1967

 

 

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1st batch appeared for the final examination for the secondary level.Music School for the blind  was established.

August               

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NAB  P.N. Rehabilitation Centre for the blind , Opened at Mount Abu.

 

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) visited USSR as delegate of Government of India

1968

 

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Technical School for the blind was established.( Jagdishbhai convinced the Director Technical Education, for the 1st time, to recognize technical courses for the blind.)

1969

 

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Regional Braille press was established.

 

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the Conference International Federation of the Blind, Srilanka

1972

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the Seminar on Rehabilitation and Employment of Physically Handicapped, Germany

1973

 

June

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Govt of Gujarat allotted revenue free land  to new Campus .(Which then became BMA Lioness Karnavati Hostel for the blind women)

 

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Archana Natwarlal Kinariwala Talking book library was established.

 

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Workshop for Adult training Centre was opened.

 

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Multicategory Training Center for Handicapped was opened.(it was in response to grant-in-aid provided by Ministry Of Welfare, GOI.

1974

April

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Lock out of the Institute.  

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Causes:-Student, Parent, Staff and volunteers agitation against quality of food, Lower salary and general behavior of Jagadishbhai. Gujarat Navanirman Movement supported this.

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) visited Berlin for International Federation of the Blind as President of National Federation of the Blind

1975

 

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Beginning of Professionalism

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Joining of  Harish  M. Panchal (an electrical & mechanical engineer) as a workshop manager.

1976

 

 

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Multicategory Training Center

 

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Higher Secondary School Started

 

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Research Division started

1978

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the 5th Asian Conference WCWB Asian Committee, Hongkong

1979

 

 

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1st District branch of NAB Gujarat opened at Rajkot district.

 

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A separate Fund raising Unit was established.

 

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Nutrition Project on prevention of Nutritional blindness was started.

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the 6th General Assembly for the Blind, WCWB Antwerp, Beljium

1980

19 January

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Mr. Jagdish Patel was conferred late Nilkantrai Chatrapati Award by Andhkalyan Kendra and Lions Club of Ahmedbad by North

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the 6th Asian Conference of WCWB Asian Committee, Jakarta

1981

 

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Integrated Education (I.E) was initiated. (Mr. Lalbhai Prajapati, Principal of Smt. M.K.Mehta School for the blind, Palanpur  sought advice from Jagadishbhai )

 

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Earlier Jagadishbhai had presented a paper on I.E. during 1980. During 1981 the Mehsana district of NAB initiated  integration education with 16 children and 2 Itinerant Teachers with the help of royal commonwealth society for the blind.

1981

 

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Free Appliances for Disabled Persons Project Started under ADIP scheme by Ministry of Welfare.

19 January

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Jagdish K. Patel conferred R.M. Alpaiwalla Memorial Award by National Association for the Blind, India, Mumbai

1982

 

September

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Additional land allowed by Ahmedabad Educational Society at nominal rate for construction of Studio buildings.

 

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Nandini Ramesh Gandhi School for Physiotherapy for blind  started.

 

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Priti Jagmohan Bhogilal National Rehabilitation Engineering Institute was started.     

 

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Multy Bakery and Skill Development Unit for Disabled women started.

1983

 

 

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Community Based Rehabilitation Project started for blind and Aged. It was first started at Dholka under close supervision of  Mr. Gautam Majumdar Funded by Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (RCSB) now renamed Sight Savers

 

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Opening of Handika a marketing Outlet.

 

 

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended the Asian Conference of the WCWB, Singapore

1984

 

 

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Establishment of Employment and Placement cell of the blind and the disabled.

 

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Awareness Creation and Counseling Parents of Disabled Children program funded by UNICEF.

 

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Cama Computer Training Center for the blind was started.

 

June

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Jagdish K Patel (Founder of BPA) attended Valentine Huay World Conference in Paris

1985

 

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BMA-IDBI Electronics Training Center Project started at Gandhi Nagar             

1989

 

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Urban Community Based Rehabilitation (UCBR) Project for Aged and Disabled started, funded by Help Age International.

1990

 

 

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Chandrikaben N. Kinariwala Mental Hygiene Clinic was started and supported by Department of Social Defense, Govt of Gujarat.

 

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LCIF Professional Training Center for the blind built.

1991

 

 

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Lioness Karnavati Hostel for the Blind Disabled Women opened.

 

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Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (Gujarat Chapter) started by BMA.

23 March

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Jagdishbhai conferred Padmashri Award from the President of India Mr. R. Venkataraman at New Delhi

1992

19 January

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Mr. Kanubhai Thakar, Treasurer, BMA conferred R.M. Alpaiwalla Memorial Award by National Association for the Blind, India, Mumbai

1993

 

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Ratanlal Lallubhai Center for Multihandicapped was started.

1994

 

 

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Shakriben Mangaladas Lions Metropolitan Teacher’s Training Centre started with the help of Hilton Perkins International.

 

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NIVH National Seminar was organized at BMA.

19 January

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Mrs. Bhadra Satia, Secretary, BMA conferred R.M. Alpaiwalla Memorial Award by National Association for the Blind, India, Mumbai

20 March

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Jagdishbhai conferred National Award from the President of India Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma at New Delhi

1995          

 

 January

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Asian Conferences of the International Council for Education of People with Visually Impaired (ICEVI) hosted by  BMA at Gandhi Labour Institute.

 

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Regional Workshop on CBR was organized at BMA.

 

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Lioness Karnavati Ruskhami Deepchand Gardi Braille Research and Documentation Centre started.

1996

 

 

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NAB National seminar was organized at BMA.

 

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Parent Teachers Training Program was organized by BMA.

 

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I.T.I. Level Courses for the blind recognized.

 

 

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BMA Nadiad branch Opened

 

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CAPART Project Undertaken by BMA

 

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CBR Networking for SAARC countries has been launched. BMA looks after Western Region

14 July

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Institution of Bikhabhai C. Shah Memorial Award given annually

 

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CBR Network gave the charge of handling Western Zone activities to BMA

3 December

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Mr. Naresh Rathod conferred most outstanding Placement Officer Award by President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma

1997

 

February

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National Seminar on Community Based Rehabilitation  organized by BMA.

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CBR expansion for Multihandicapped.

 

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Started Car Rally to create public awareness about the potentials of the blind and to develop the feelings of competition among blind Persons.

 

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Smt. Bhadra Satia, Secretary of BPA was conferred late Nilkantrai Chatrapati Award by Andhkalyan Kendra and Lions Club of Ahmedbad by North

1998

 

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C.N. Kinariwala Unit for Deaf blind sponsored by Sense International.

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Opening of C.S. Somariya charity shop at Vastrapur.

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Blind Men’s Association renamed as Blind People’s Association

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Hand over the land by Bareja General Hospital to BPA on 10 May 1998 by Chief Guest Shri Jay Narayan Vyas

1999

 

 

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CBR for Deafblind funded by Sense International.

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Satellite Centre for Multiple handicapped at Jamnagar, Dahod, Viramgram, Kapalwanj funded by HPI .

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R.C.I. Bridge Course undertaken.

31 March

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Jagdishbhai passes away

 

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Integrated Education Expansion to more talukas.

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Inauguration of Auditory Assessment room.

2000

 

 

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I.T.I. Expansion.

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IGNOU & Dr. BAOU Distance Education study programmes   undertaken

 

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Maharshi Ashtavakra CBR Programme started to cover whole

State funded by Dept. of SJ&E, GoG.

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Ankur  Project for the Deaf blind started at Idar & Baroda

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Bhoj University Special BEd course started.

2001

 

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Relief work for earthquake  victims at Bhuj, Kutch. Assistive devices distributed all over earthquake area. Handicap International helped in developinh Physiotherapy Unit and Die Johanniter helped in  setting up manufacture of assistive devices unit.

2002          

 

 

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Bhumi Pujan  (Foundation Stone Laying) of Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital, Bareja

12 June

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Day Care Centres for M.R. and Multiplly Disabled Started at

Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Idar, Sayla, Dahod funded by National  Trust.

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Jasodagauri Thakorlal Shah Low Vision Centre at BPA by Mrs

Aloka Guha (12 June, 2002)

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Shri Ramkrishna N. Parikh Day Care for the Multiply Disabled

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Sumeru Centre - Providing support services to children with

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Disability studying under integrated education & Relief and

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Research Centre for Children with autism, CP, Mental

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Retardation and Multiple Disabilities

2002

 

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Lodge Fellowship Braille Language Laboratory

2003 

 

19 January

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Inauguration of Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye  Bareja Hospital, Bareja

 

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Mental Illness Project

9 July

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Inauguration of Centre at Bhuj for rehabilitation of

earthquake disabled by Shri L.K. Advani

2004

 

26 April

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Inauguration of Savinay Rehabilitation Centre at Bavla

29 June

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Inauguration of  Annexe – Guest Rooms at Lioness Karnavati Hostel for Blind and Disabled Women

5 May

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Pooja ceremony of “Shri Dollarbhai & Ushaben Porecha

Conference Centre for the Blind”.

2 October

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GSPC & IFFCO Barrier Free Access – Ramp for BPA-Prayer Hall

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Renovation of NREI Aids & Appliances Workshop

November

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Bhadraben passes away

 

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The National Trust has appointed Blind People Association as the State Nodal Agency Centre (SNAC) of the Trust.

 

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On the basis of the evaluation done by Assessment and Accreditation Committee (AAC) appointed by the Rehabilitation Council of India to rate its recognised institutions on the basis of their work and performance in the field of their operation, the Committee recommends that Blind People’s Association (BPA) be given Outstanding Performance Rating in the area of Visual Impairment.

11 June

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Inauguration of  “Sadvichar Parivar Eye Care Unit” at BPA-KCRC,

Bhuj by Mr. Pradeep Sharma, District Collector

December

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Helped survivors of the Tsunami in Tamilnadu and other parts

of India from individual donations and support from various

funding agencies like financial assistance and materials

2005

 

11 March

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Inauguration of Ashirwad Training Centre, Sayla

30 August

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EDUSAT Network

 

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New Courses For Visually Impaired – Diploma In BAOU, Ahmedabad

2006

 

31 March

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Inauguration of Bhadraben & Jagdish Patel Samarpan Sankool Centre for MDVI children 

 

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MSSM-Naaz Teachers Training Centre – Rehab University

27 August

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Jeet Mehta School for Children with Mental Retardation

2 October

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The foundation stone of Orthopaedic Hospital and  inauguration of the ENT Hospital at Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital Campus

2006

2 October

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Inauguration of “Smile Foundation Barrier Free Access” Ramp joining buildings

2006

4 October

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Inauguration of Assessment-cum-Sensory Stimulation Room in Early Intervention Centre” Samarpan Sankool” funded by Lodge Fellowship

2007

 

14 February

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Foundation Stone laying BPA-AES Centre

23 February

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BPA has been conferred “Rotary Ahmedabad Award-2007”

10 April

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Uma Randeria Low Vision Class Room in the memory of Mr. Priyavadan Randeria’s  wife

9 June

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Indian Association of Visually Impaired Physiotherapists formed

20 June

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BPA has been conferred 15th Godfrey Philips Bravery Award 

(A Silver Medal,Certificate and Rs. 40,000)

11 July

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Mr. Naresh Rathod, Employment & Placement Officer of BPA passed away

3 August

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Arvind Narottam Lalbhai expired

25 August

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Mr. Bharat Joshi and Ms. Abha Bhatnagar selected for MA by Roehampton University

27 August

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Inauguration of Dr. Jit Mehta Balshala Trust (for Children with

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Mental Retardation)

 

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CBR Project in 3 Districts of Gujarat for Sustainable

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systems for disabled sponsored by CBM India and AusAid

2008

 

15 June

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First Inclusive Primary Schools with permission of the Department of Education at MSM-Naaz and Savinay Rehabilitation Centre, Bavla

3 December

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National Award for BPA for the empowerment of persons with disabilities

2009

 

 

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BPA-AES A.N. Lalbhai Education & Research Centre at BPA campus

21 March

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Inauguration Design Unit & Park at BPA-Naaz Centre supported by

Mr. K.N. Dhingara, Retired Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax

25 July

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Inauguration of Gatorbhai Himmatbhai Patel Orthopaedic Hospital,

 Bidaj at Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital Bareja campus

21 December

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Mrs. Maliniben Shah, Executive Member of BPA passed away

2010

 

8 February

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Inauguration of fifth Savera School for slum children at BPA campus a Vidya Bharti Foundation Initiative.  Mr. Haresh Trivedi heads this Vidhya Bharati Foundation

 

 

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Vocational Training Unit for Persons with Disabilities at Parth Indraprasth, sponsored by Lioness Club of Karnavati

1 April

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CBR activities in 12 Districts of Gujarat sponsored KOHA Newzealand and CBM

 

 

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CBR Guidelines Rollout National projects sponsored by CBM India and AusAid

 

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First ever Sports Room for Blind at BPA campus sponsored by Sawan Godiawala

21 June

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Visit of Rajyasabha team

 

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BPA has been affiliated for the central zone to conduct Computer Training on CC+, CCC, CCC+ for blind & physically handicapped by Government of Gujarat

 

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Dial up services in disability started in BPA with the financial support of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment through Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai

 

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ZARMAR – a Magazine in Braille published by HOPE Committee (by Volunteers0

 

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Dr. Bhushan Punani has been nominated as a Member of the Committee to prepare draft legislation in place of existing Act “The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act 1995 in Ministry of S&JE, Govt. of India

29 August

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Dr. Rajendra Vyas, NAB Hon.Gen.Secy passed away

14 October

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N&H Eye Hospital Bareja has been conferred Best Achievement Award for Highest Eye Surgeries in the District of Ahmedabad by Department of Health, Government of Gujarat 

28 October

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Inauguration of Jyotsnaben & Dhirubhai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad

November

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Music System For Workshop Trainees Sponsored/Donated By Tata Enterprise

November

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First Badhte Kadam

 

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Mrs. Nandini Rawal, Project Director of BPA has been reappointed as the Treasurer of International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) fro two years from 2011-12.  She is the only lady from India who is the Treasurer of ICEVI since 2002

2011

 

19 February

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State Level Consultation on the proposed New Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June

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PTT Thailand Table Tennis Championship – ITI students

 

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Pasti project started by Mr. J.S. Zala, volunteer

3 December

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Job Mela (Employment Fare) at BPA

11 December

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Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Bhushan Punani on the occasion of the memorable event of Golden Jubilee celebration of your alma-mater  at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

12 December

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Inauguration of BPA-AES Education Research Development Centre by the worthy hands of Shri Dharmachakravarti Mahamahopadhyay Shri Chitrakoottulsipithadishwar Jagatguru Ramanandacharya Swami Ramabhadracharya

 

26-27 November

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Blind Peoples's Association entry - "RUBELLA PREVENTION”

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for Design For Change School Challenge'11 has been selected among the TOP 20 Winning Entries. The programme arranged at the Riverside School, Ahmedabad