Pune: The city will be hosting the west zone regional Abilympics (Olympics of abilities) organised by National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI) and Sarthak educational trust this year.
The vocational skills competitions for divyangjans (differently abled people) will be held on May 25 and 26 at Queen Mary’s Technical Institute for Differently Abled Soldiers.
The two-day event was supported by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (World Skills India), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), and the Hans Foundation.
Participants from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will be participating in 10 vocational skill contests which include competition in computer programming, Creating Web Pages, Data Processing, Word Processing, Photography, Poster Designing, Embroidery, Waste Reuse, Painting and Restaurant Service categories.
The two-day event will comprise a regional conference on excellence in the skill of persons with disability (PwDs) through Abilympics in which corporate firms, government officials and NGOs working for welfare of PwDs will discuss the prospects and scope of empowering and providing sustainable economic stability to them.
The event will feature a job fair for the participants, under which 20 corporate firms from the region will be conducting a hiring drive of the PwDs.
Jitender Aggrawal, founder of Sarthak Educational Trust, said, “Regional Abilympics is a focused effort for promoting vocational skills that are essential for PwDs to contribute to the society. At the same time, it is a moment of pride when you see corporate entities welcoming the skillful employees and get accustomed to a working environment.”