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Dakshinya Institute covets National Award for child welfare

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It comes after serving children with different abilities for 16 years

Children with special abilities being taught at the Dakshinya Institute for Mentally Handicapped in Guntur on Friday . —PHOTO: T. Vijaya Kumar
Children with special abilities being taught at the Dakshinya Institute for Mentally Handicapped in Guntur on Friday . —PHOTO: T. Vijaya Kumar

Loads of patience, an equal amount of skill and compassion are some of the abilities that teachers working in institutes for special abilities possess.

For the Dakshinya Institute for the Mentally Handicapped located at Swarna Bharathi Nagar, 16 years has been quite a long journey. The institute founded by T.V Rao and his wife has been in the forefront of meeting the educational needs of children with different abilities for the last 16 years.

Recognition has come at last as the institute has won the National Award for Child Welfare for the year 2011. Dr. Rao received the award from Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath at New Delhi on November 14.

The idea to start an institute had been with Dr. Rao ever since he lost his two daughters, Madhavi Latha and Priya, both of them mentally incapacitated. ``I wanted my institute to be a ray of hope for such unfortunate children. These children are often stigmatised and abused both at home and in society,'' said Dr.Rao. Ever since he began the institute, it has been quite a challenge to teach, hone skills and provide children equal opportunities. Support was often rare and it has taken ages for Government agencies to support, but Dr. Rao insisted that he has carried on with the work unmindful of the support. The school presently has 65 staff members on its rolls and 160 children.

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