The Society for the Care of the Blind is run by an Executive Committee comprising 32 members under the Chairmanship of Adviser to the Administrator U.T. Chandigarh Administration. Amongst others Home Secretary Chandigarh Administration, Deputy Commissioner Chandigarh, Directors Social Welfare, Health Services and Education Deptt. are its prominent members. The affairs of the Institute are looked after by a Managing Committee headed by Major General Rajendra Nath, PVSM (Retd.), Chairman of the Institute and Senior Vice-President of ‘Society for the Care of the Blind’, who is assisted by the Standing Committee. The details of the Standing Committee Members, with their photographs are given below:-LIST OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Maj Gen Rajendra Nath, PVSM (Retd.)
Major General Rajendra Nath PVSM (Retd.) was commissioned from IMA Dehradun on 21st December 1947 into 11 Gorkha Rifles. He attended two years Canadian Army Staff College Course i.e. from 1959 – 1961. He was instructor in well-known Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) for three years, from 1965 – 1968. He commanded 10 Infantry Division in J&K, was Chief of Staff of a Corps and later was Commandant Indian Military Academy which is a prestigious institution. He retired in 1982.
He has been decorated with Param Vashisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and Mentioned in Dispatches. He is a writer on military and defence affairs and has written a number of books. He writes regularly on subjects of defence and national security in newspapers.
Besides his love for matters military, the officer has taken keen interest in social work. He is Chairman of Institute for the Blind since 1982. He is also President of two other Social organisations in the city beautiful. The Chandigarh Administration has honoured him with a Medal for good social work. He is the only retired military officer who has been decorated for the good Social Work by the Chandigarh Administration so far.
He was awarded ‘Haryana Ratan’ in the year 2005 by the Hon’ble Governor of Haryana for good Social Work. Still in this mature age, he is bubbling with life and energy. He looks after the functioning of this organisation. During his long sincere and selfless service to the organisation, the Institute has become a vibrant centre of learning and vocational training for the visually handicapped in the whole of the northern region. He has dedicated his whole life in the service of the blind. His name has become synonymous with divine messenger for the service of the blind. His patronage and message – ‘Help the Blind’ inspires all the concerned to serve for the noble cause with full dedication and missionary spirit.
Brig. K. I. Kumar (Retd.)
Brig K I Kumar (Retd.) is an ex-soldier of Indian Army. He has rendered a long tenure of dedicated service to his motherland in the prime of his young life. Presently he is Adviser to the Chandigarh Consumer Forum, an NGO. He is actively engaged in generating awareness among the general masses since 1982 regarding the rights and privileges of the consumers. It is through his sincere contribution and devotion that this forum has won two National Awards instituted by Govt. of India.
In his ripe age of 80 plus, he is very active, agile and still on the move. Presently he is associated with this organisation. He has brought commendable improvements in the academic and administrative set-up of the organisation and along with giving an attractive look to the campus.
Sh. K. R. Sood
Mr. Kuldip Rai Sood, PES-I (Retd.) After putting in 36 years of meritorious service in the Education Department, he retired as Deputy Director in 1991. Since then he has been actively involved in the social work. Presently he is serving as Honorary Secretary of the Society and also as Principal of the Institute for the Blind.
In recognition of his excellent services in the field of Social Work he was honoured by the Union Territory Chandigarh Administration in the year 2003. He has also been decorated with several awards and honors by other Social Organisations like Lions Club and Canara Bank.
This organisation has touched glorious heights under his guidance and mature leadership. The Institute is still moving forward to scale new heights.
Mrs. Prem Girdhar
Lt. Col. J. S. Bedi (Retd.)
Lt Col J S Bedi (Retd.) served in the Indian Army for over 26 ½ years before seeking retirement. He is a postgraduate from Defence Services Staff College Wellington (Nilgiri Hills). Besides commanding a Battalion of the Dogra Regiment he held important appointments of Brigade major of an infantry brigade and Assistant Quartermaster General in Army Headquarters. After retirement he served in the industry for over three years and ran his own business in telecommunications field for about 18 years before undertaking social work. He is connected with Institute for the Blind since January 2005. He has rich experience in administration. He is looking after upkeep of the Campus, Maintenance of Transport and supervision and maintenance of Accounts of the Institute. He is also looking after technical wing of the Institute comprising the computer centre, dell computer education centre and Braille production unit. He has brought considerable improvements in the upkeep of the campus and in the administrative functioning of the Institute.
Mrs. Saroj Mehta
Mr. Jeevan Rai Chodha