Patna, Dec 5 (UNI) Veena Mehta Verma, a visually impaired officer of NTPC, was given the prestigious "National Award for Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities for 2007" by President Pratibha Patil at a function in New Delhi yesterday.
NTPC sources here today informed that Ms Verma, currently posted as the Senior Assistant, Human Resources Department of NTPC at Vindhachal despite being 100 per cent visually impaired since birth, was a Commerce graduate besides having a degree in MBA and Post Graduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.
She also had a certificate in computer education.
Hailing her courage and determination to persue a successful career despite having visual problem, the sources quoting her commemoration certificate as saying "her battle to gain admission to MBA course paved the way for other handicapped persons seeking admission in such courses. Her exemplary performance in a software company earlier also encouraged her employer to provide jobs to other visualluy impaired people to make her a role model in real life''.
The annual award, instituted by the Union ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, carries a cash prize of Rs 100,000 besides a shawl and a citation.