Achievements of VTRC Nasik with Vision Aid Support 

The Vocational Training Rehabilitation Center (VTRC) in Nasik, part of the National Federation of the Blind, Maharashtra (NFBM), has been providing invaluable training to visually-challenged individuals since its establishment in 2000. This residential center houses 30 students and offers comprehensive training in computer basics and advanced IT skills, certified by the Yashwantrao Chavan Open University, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation (MKCL), and the Pune Technical Board. 

In January 2023, Vision-Aid India entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with VTRC, providing substantial infrastructure and training support. Vision-Aid supplied 10 desktop computers and financial backing for programs focusing on Spoken English, Corporate Soft Skills, and Advanced Information Technology Training. 

At the end of the courses, the students acquire strong skill sets, including good typing skills with speed and accuracy, proficiency in MS Office, and basic computer operations. So far, those trained at VTRC have been placed in different organizations, including Nasik Municipal offices, various banks, and government offices. 

This collaboration has significantly enhanced the training quality and outcomes at VTRC, leading to remarkable achievements for its students. Six visually impaired beneficiaries have recently secured employment in reputable organizations, showcasing the center’s effectiveness in empowering its trainees: 

Sumedh Wakpanjar from Amaravati district, a trained Octapad player, has joined Western Railway Group as a Group D employee. 

Bhushan Kauskar from Shegaon in Buldhana district, an avid reader, has been selected as a clerk through IBPS Exams and will be joining Punjab National Bank, Nashik. 

Vishwas Ilame, also from Shegaon in Buldhana District, a trained classical singer, will be joining IDBI Bank as an Executive Manager. 

Yogita Sapate from Peth Surgana in Nashik district, who enjoys reading, will be joining IDBI Bank as an Executive Manager in Nashik City. 

Krushna Poaul from Nashik, a cricket enthusiast, has joined IDBI Bank as a clerk in Nashik City. 

Rani Waghere from Dindori, Nashik, a passionate reader, will be joining IDBI Bank as a clerk. 

These placements in various banks and government offices highlight the successful integration of visually impaired individuals into the workforce, thanks to the dedicated training and support provided by VTRC Nasik and Vision-Aid. The partnership between these organizations continues to pave the way for more visually challenged individuals to achieve professional success and independence. 

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Nibin Mathews’ journey is a testament to resilience and determination. Despite facing

significant visual impairment challenges since birth, Nibin pursued education with unwavering determination. Losing sight in one eye due to a cricket ball stroke in 6th grade and later losing vision in the other eye to glaucoma didn’t deter him. He completed his Bachelor’s in English and even secured a job with Indian Railways. Yet, his thirst for knowledge led him to pursue computer programming, which he found through Vision-Aid. With their specialized training, he mastered coding and digital accessibility testing. With their financial support, he pursued a Master’s degree. Now, as the Accessibility Lead at Bosch Global Software Technologies, he’s excelling professionally. But Nibin’s achievements don’t stop there; he’s also an international tennis champion and a skilled violinist. He attributes much of his success to Vision-Aid, acknowledging their pivotal role in his journey. His story is not just one of personal triumph but also a testament to the impact of support systems in overcoming challenges and inspiring others.

A Job Coaching for Banking and other exams Testimonial | Gautam Gulati

Meet Gautam, a remarkable individual based in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, whose life story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the transformative power of organizations like Vision-Aid India.

Gautam’s life commenced with the diagnosis of Retinist Pigmentosa. Despite experiencing a 40% loss of sight, he persevered through attending a regular school, successfully completing his education and earning a B Com degree. His world took an unexpected turn after graduation, when, he had the major sight loss. Faced with the challenges of navigating everyday activities like driving, reading, writing print, and mobility etc. Yet, rather than allowing these obstacles to define him, he chose a path of resilience and determination. Undeterred by his circumstances, Gautam turned to technology, becoming dependent on tools designed for visually impaired individuals, including screen readers. His quest for independence led him to explore new technologies with the support of various NGOs. Through his social networks, Gautam discovered Vision-Aid India, an organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired. Recognizing the potential for growth, he enrolled in Vision-Aid’s IBPS banking crash course, specifically tailored for visually impaired individuals, in April 2022.

Determined to enhance his skills further, Gautam pursued an additional course in mobile technology. This commitment to personal and professional growth showcased his unwavering spirit and determination.

Armed with newfound knowledge, Gautam faced the Bank of India Credit Officer exam after completing the IBPS crash course. His hard work, coupled with the right guidance from Vision-Aid, resulted in success. In 2023, Gautam proudly joined Bank of India as a Credit Officer, marking a significant milestone in his journey.

Gautam attributes his success and newfound independence to Vision-Aid India. With deep gratitude, he acknowledges the organization’s role in providing IBPS coaching and shaping his path towards independence.

A Python Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.

Bindhu Sri

Meet Bindu, from Hyderabad. Who began her life with the gift of perfect vision? She embarked on her educational journey in a conventional school, but at the tender age of 9, her world dimmed as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) impacted her sight. Loosing major of her vision with lot of challenges she still could complete her graduate degree in 2020 and her post-graduate degree in 2022. Being interested to pursue her career in computer programming she discovered Vision-Aid India, a beacon of hope and opportunity. Enrolling in their online certification programs, Bindu successfully completed both Python and SQL languages. Armed with these newfound skills, she opened doors to her career, securing a position as a Data Engineer at RX Data Science, a renowned company.

“All of this was made possible through the invaluable support and guidance provided by Vision-Aid India” She Says.

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Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.