Mahantesh G Kivadasanavar conferred 'Aryabhata Intl. Award'
Bangalore | Friday, Apr 9 2010 IST
Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled Mahantesh G Kivadasanavarwas today conferred 'Aryabhata International Award' for the year 2009 for his relentless service to the disabled and the underprivileged.
The award comprising a glittering memento and a Citation, was presented at a colourful function at Ravindra Kala Kshetra here this evening.
Mahantesh, born in Neginhal in Belguam district is the co-founder and Managing Trustee of Samartham actively involved in empowering the visually impaired, disabled and the underprivileged.
He is supporting more than 600 people with various disabilities through unique initiatives of the organization.
He has been providing free hostel facilities and education for more than 200 people visual impairment and physical disabilities.
Mahantesh and his team identified and reintegrated 353 differently abled children serving 135 government schools in Bangalore rural to provide nutritional supplement as mid-day meals to 35,000 school children.
In November 1999, he initiated an IT cell called Techvision to educate the visually challenged in the field of computers. The idea was to enable them to use it as a tool for their studies and gather information pertaining to various subjects using JAWS-a screen reading software. This program since then has helped many visually challenged individuals to pursue higher education and employment.
Apart from being a responsible leader facilitating development process and institution building, Mr Mahantesh was also a cricketer, a guest lecturer in English Literature and has represented India in the World Blind Cricket Councils' Conference held at Cape Town, South Africa, presented Indian Perspective on Low Vision in the 7th General Assembly of World Blind Union in Geneva.
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