October 2017: BULMIM students complete their internship at Svayam

To raise awareness about Universal Design and Accessibility  in the young minds so that they become more receptive to the diversity and inclusion in their lives and career, Svayam provides internship opportunities for graduate and post graduate students of various streams.

In this series, final year students of PGDM program of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha & Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (BULMIM), New Delhi underwent their internship during 25 September 2017 to  14 October 2017.

Group Photo of students at Gargi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Green Park, New Delhi,

Site visit of students to Gargi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Green Park, New Delhi,

As part of the internship, a batch of 16 students attended sensitization and awareness workshops on disability equality, accessibility and universal design, and were exposed to the process of conducting access audits of built environment (Govt Schools & Pedestrian infrastructure) from the perspectives of its usability by persons with reduced mobility and making presentations of audit reports of the sites visited.

Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder Svayam, handing over Internship Certificates to Interns

Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder Svayam, handing over Internship Certificates to Interns

Upon completion of their three-week long internship, Ms. Sminu Jindal Founder and Chairperson, Svayam, handed over the Internship Certificates to them on 12 October 2017.

Sharing their experiences about how their attitude has changed, a student said that he never looked at the built environment from this perspective. Now he will go back to his city as a changed man and will sincerely attempt to make his town accessible and spread the message of inclusion, accessibility and universal design. Similar ethos echoed with every student.

Ms. Sminu Jindal motivated them to work for accessibility and said, “Accessibility helps everyone, and not just the disabled. An elderly person can independently step out and do their daily chores without depending on other people. Accessibility ensures that they live, and not just breathe.”

“Wherever you go, whatever you do in life, add your efforts to make your surroundings accessible, and change the attitude of those who come across you,” she exhorted the students, and wished them good luck in their future endeavours.



About Svayam

Svayam - Global Centre for Inclusive Environments, is an initiative of Sminu Jindal Charitable Trust based at New Delhi, India and works for promoting dignity for people with reduced mobility. It advocates an enabling and accessible environment for all. Walkability, Urban Mobility, Green & Inclusive mobility, Accessible Transportation system, Accessible Tourism and Accessible Public Infrastructure and accessible Information and Communication Technologies are few areas it works with special focus to make communities more inclusive and liveable. Svayam is also the Permanent Secretariat for TRANSED Series of Conferences (www.transedconferences.com) under the aegis of Transportation Research Board of National Academies, USA. Follow us on twitter and Facebook at @SvayamIndia and on Instagram as @svayam_india
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