Indian Association for the Blind, in association with United Way of Chennai, have stepped forward to launch their new venture named Sadhana Finishing School. The vision of the project is to groom the employability skills of the visually impaired students and enrich their courage to attempt competitive exams. The appraised duration of the course is 2 months. Indian Association for the Blind regards this venture as a boon to these students as they gain the opportunity to use computers, cultivate communication skills and personality development in addition to the preparation sessions meant for competitive exams. Thanks to United Way of Chennai, it has been feasible for the school to function with a budget of Rs. 12,36,000/- which will include installation of necessary infrastructure (10 computers, salary for 2 trainers, study materials and food charges) to conduct qualitative sessions and guarantee the attainment of desired outputs. As an initial step, an amount of Rs. 6,00,000/- has been received by Indian Association for the Blind on 25th February 2013 to initiate the tasks and promote the opportunity to the focus groups.

Inauguration by Mr. Pierre Fournier (Consul General of France in Pondicherry) on 3rd April 2013

The end of May 2013 marks the completion of course by the first batch counting 25 students. IAB has molded the students in order to appear for the upcoming government examinations and get employed with the best utilization of their skills. IAB Placement Cell conducts a campus interview to place the students at their right positions. The success of IAB is evident in the placement results in the current year as 8 candidates are placed at BPO, 3 candidates at Braille Press and 3 at Lite Engineering division.

“The outcome of the project assures employment of all the students who have taken up their course and gained the vital skills.”

Students of Sadhana Finishing School at a glance

Selvakumar, BA, B. Ed. (Madurai) – This course has given me the confidence to face TET and TNPSC and come out with flying colors. Having entered with limited knowledge, I am currently on cloud nine due to the communication skill, technology awareness and personality development skill that I gained and will support my career growth. I wish to extend my hearty thanks to IAB as well as United Way of Chennai for this wonderful venture and opportunities.

Altrin, BBA (Thirunelveli) – I have heard about Sadhana Finishing School through various sources and joined the course with an expectation to succeed in my career. However, the course has undoubtedly groomed my skills on various expects and I can certainly challenge on my success in any sort of competitive exams. This opportunity is indeed a blessing to my growth in life!