Visually challenged prof gives a new vision to students in Bhopal

  • Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:04 IST
Visually challenged teacher Rohit Trivedi in his classroom at Sarojini Naidu Govt. Girls PG College in Bhopal on Friday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Students in Bhopal listen raptly as he delivers a lecture in impeccable English. His modern teaching techniques to indomitable spirit leave students in awe after each class.

Meet prof Rohit Trivedi of Sarojni Naidu Girls Post Graduate Government Girls' College, Nutan. Though visually challenged, this educator has overcome several shadows of obscurity to light up the world of hundreds of students in his 25 years of teaching career.

To make learning easy and interesting, especially for disabled students, prof Trivedi extensively uses computer and other advanced teaching tools, like audio books.

Honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee on the International Day for Disabled Persons, 2014, for being a role model, prof Trivedi had set up an unique enabling unit at the college in 2004-05 to help differently-abled students continue higher education without any hindrance.

"The unit is has a software that can convert text books and notes into audio format. This can be downloaded easily by students in their computers and smart phones. The unit also has a Braille type writer for visually-impaired students," the change-maker tells HT.

"The unit was set up with a singular motive to make disabled students self-dependent and self-reliant," he says.

It was also due prof Trivedi's unending efforts that the college introduced disabled friendly infrastructure in the campus.
"From taunts to rejection, I faced hardships while pursuing education (as a student). After becoming a teacher I decided to inspire students like me so that they could live a normal life."

Talking about the initiatives taken by prof Trivedi, former coordinator of the enabling unit prof Seema Raizada says, "He knows the requirement of disable students. He has an edge over others because he is well versed in computer. He breaks all the barriers with the help of latest technologies. Students take inspiration from him because he is extra ordinary."

Not just teachers, students too hold prof Trivedi in high esteem. For MA final year student Garima Singh he is irreplaceable.

"His effort has changed our lives. He taught us that nothing is unachievable. He is truly a special teacher," says his former students Swati Saxena and Monica Jha, both visually challenged. Saxena is at present working with an MNC and Jha a popular radio jockey.

'He motivated differently abled students'

Professor Ama Kapani said he motivated differently abled students to pursue higher education and helped them in getting jobs. Now more than hundred disabled students have passed out from the college and got jobs in banks, multinational companies (MNCs) and other institutions.

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