• Conference aimed to sensitize the society and various agencies for adopting stringent measures for prevention of such injuries
• Leading personalities from Civil Administration, Police, Health, and NGOs participated
• The conference provided one-to-one interaction between persons affected with spinal cord injury and experts from related fields
• Named as ‘Vistaar-2018’, the conference was organized jointly by Spinal Cord Injury Association of India and LPU
Lovely Professional University, in association with Spinal Cord Injury Association (SCIA) organized ‘Vistaar’ 2018 – the 4th Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Conference, at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium in LPU Campus. Different sessions of the conference were aimed to sensitize the society and involved agencies in adopting stringent measures for further prevention of such injuries.
Nearly 200 persons with spine injuries, even from far off cities including Hyderabad, Mumbai, participated in the conference. They had one-to-one interaction with experts in related fields and received solutions and suggestions to their existing problems. On this occasion, 16 wheelchairs were distributed to the affected persons for making them mobile, self-dependence, and lead an active life. Prominent personalities that came forward to add significance to the event included MLA S Pargat Singh, MLA Sh Sushil Rinku, IG Zonal Arpit Shukla, Commissioner Police (Jalandhar), Bhupinder Singh (ADC), Deeepika Singh (ACP), Mrs Shruti Shukla & Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Arjuna Awardee Retd Maj HPS Ahluwalia Chairman Spinal Cord Injury Centre New Delhi. Many other Civil Officers, Doctors, NGOs, along with 200 NSS volunteers of LPU, participated actively to make the event a great success.
During the Doctors’ Session, leading specialists in Neurology, Urology, Nephrology, Spine Injuries, Embryology, and Infertility counselled the affected persons for rehabilitation and inspired them for independent and respect worthy social life. In addition, various problems related to fertility, sexuality, urinary tract infections, pressure sores and other issues related to spine injuries were discussed by renowned doctors from across India, and solutions were offered for tackling individual concerns during the one-to-one interaction session.
During the interactive session, Priya, Miss India 2015 (Wheel Chair) shared: “I think, everybody in this world is disabled in one or the other form. Our suffering should not make us dejected rather we should overcome and enjoy it. I appeal that government agencies should come forward to provide, to persons like me, computer applications based and allied jobs, like content writing etc., that can be done while sitting at home. Similarly, Anand Arnold, 4 times Mr. India (Wheel Chair) and 12 times Mr. Punjab (Wheel Chair), exhibited his robust physique and inspired everyone that disability is in our mind only. He said, “Make the most of it, live a blessed life even in such a condition. I have worked for Bollywood and Hollywood films and a book has also been written on my achievements to inspire other persons like me.” He urged the affected persons to come out of their houses and learn how to integrate into the society.
Addressing the affected and the accompanying relatives, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “Spinal Cord Injury Association Foundation is really doing a commendable job. Our association with this great humane endeavour is in consideration to our corporate social responsibility. Inspiring the affected and motivating them to live an active social life is really a great social endeavour. I personally salute such persons who inspite of their affliction have a fiery spirit and great zeal to exist honourably in the society.”
Illustrative, LPU has also framed a ‘Free Education’ policy to ease the financial burden of individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). LPU provides 100% scholarship to such students. Many individuals with spinal affliction have already joined LPU and are pursuing their programmes happily.
SCIA President Parvinder Singh Sonu, who has himself been bed-ridden for several years, informed: “The main motive of SCIA is to serve as a comprehensive resource centre for individuals affected by spinal cord injury, and those working in related fields and other concerned persons.” SCIA Vice President Davinder Singh, shared: “Our Association aims to trace people suffering with such injury, donate them wheel-chairs to make them mobile and live life independently. We coordinate with institutions for providing vocational training to make the SCI people financially independent, and sensitize the society as well as concerned agencies to adopt stringent measures for preventing such injuries in future.”