The Context: The Inclusiveness Studies and Practices Centre (ISPC) was set up in the college with a view to instilling empathy, involvement, compassion and responsibility in the students and to sensitize students and other stakeholders about the exclusionary practices that are rampant in society.
A number of outreach programmes have been conducted by the Centre. The programme in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys’ Academy, Narendrapur, Kolkata on the 26th April, 2018 on ‘Tactile Training Strategies for the Visually Challenged’ was one such initiative. About forty (40) visually impaired young people from various institutions across the state, including ten (10) of our own students participated in the said event.
Dr.Mousumi Boral, Assistant Professor in Satyapriyo Roy College of Education provided hands-on training to the participants on a variety of day-to-day negotiations though her demonstrations. Sri Biswajit Ghosh, Principal of Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys’ Academy, Narendrapur spoke of the need for a positive resistance to the general perception of visual impairment and enumerated several enabling mechanisms for the elimination of the same. Most of the participants were satisfied with the experience leading us to conclude that it was, over all a very useful and beneficial exercise.
Another such exercise was the screening of the film ‘Nibhritochari” on active ageing on 3rd October, 2018 along with a presentation on the subject by its director Sri Sourav Sarkar to sensitize students about gerontological issues in society.