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Alampur Saibaba Goud
May 2017
Born
NationalityIndian
Occupation(s)Ophthalmologist, philanthropist
Known forDevnar Foundation for the Blind

Alampur Saibaba Goud is an Indian ophthalmologist and founder-chairman of the Devnar Foundation for the Blind.[1] He is also a social entrepreneur, and active in the voluntary organization at Secunderabad in Telangana, a state of India. He works in the field of providing aid to visually challenged and visually disabled children in India.[2]

He had won awards for his work and has written several books and articles for the blind in English and Telugu newspapers and journals. He does educational radio talks broadcast on the Doordarshan network in India.

Professional life

Goud is president of the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness (NSPB) in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and Professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Osmania Medical College at Hyderabad. He is the Founder-trustee of Devnar Foundation for the Blind and chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association for the Blind.

Activist for the blind community of Andhra Pradesh

Goud leads the Devnar Foundation (founded in 1991) in their efforts to provide opportunities and infrastructure essential to integrating the visually impaired into society as productive adults. Through the foundation, vision-disabled people are provided accommodation, schools, and vocational programs to become self-employed or work in the private sector. The foundation provides computer training and facilities for extracurricular activities such as cricket, chess, music and dance.[3]

The foundation is attempting to organise a Polytechnic engineering college for the blind through various affiliations. It provides medical care for sight-related needs of children along with parental counseling and genetic counseling.[4] The Foundation manages the Ramananda Centre for Advanced Learning and Research for visually impaired vocational training and provides CBR programs, and operates Braille printing presses.

Success stories

Companies that have supported the efforts of Foundation include GE, Dell, and Oracle Corporation.[3] The employees of GE hold entertainment and story telling programs which help the children feel that they are a part of normal society. Some of these companies have volunteered to recruit students once they graduate. The Government of India provides a 1% reservation for the blind.

Awards

Author

Goud is the author of several books.

References

  1. ^ The Times of India, Preeti Biswas / TNN / (2 March 2020). "An enterprise with a vision: A school for the blind | Hyderabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. ^ BBC News తెలుగు (29 June 2018). "అంధత్వం: మేనరికాలు, దగ్గరి సంబంధాలు.. పుట్టబోయే పిల్లలకు శాపం". BBC News తెలుగు (in Telugu). Archived from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b Interview : A Saibaba Goud Archived 2008-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Engineering college for blind students". indiaedunews.net. 4 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Awards for 5 persons from State". The Hindu. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009.
  6. ^ "All India Ophthalmological Society - India's Biggest Ophthalmic Organisation". aios.org. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.