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Farewell, great man: A K Mittal

Divyang doyen AK Mittal no more

Championed the cause of education, self-help groups for visually challenged

Mittal was passionate about learning and promotion of Braille, access to quality education for all blind and partially sighted children and about ensuring involvement of developing countries in WBU work.

HYDERABAD, Sep 23 (BNC Network) A.K. Mittal, Secretary General of World Blind Union (WBU) and the President, All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB) is no more. Mittal, Member of the World Braille Council, championed the cause of education for the visually challenged, passed away in New Delhi yesterday.

The Indian Visually Challenged Community lost a great leader. Born visually challenged, he fought for the welfare of the fellow visually challenged people in the country. He represented India in several international forums.

Mittal, from India was elected as Secretary General of the World Blind Union 2016. Previously, he was the WBU Treasurer from 2008 till 2016.

WBU website says Mittal has a Master’s Degree in English and Education as well as a Diploma in Education for the Blind from the United States. He has held top administrative and leadership positions in the Government and voluntary organizations for over 40 years. He was the Director of the apex government organization working with the blind in the country for over 22 years.  In this capacity, he has overseen implementation of financial policies and developmental activities of the blind with a budget of over one million US dollars in a year and a team of over 200 professional colleagues and staff.  He was also the head of a reputed private school for the blind and a teacher-training institute for about 15 years.

Mittal was an integral part of the self-help movement of the blind for more than 30 years and is currently the president of the All India Confederation of the Blind, one of the principal organizations of the blind in India.

Mittal was passionate about learning and promotion of Braille, access to quality education for all blind and partially sighted children and about ensuring involvement of developing countries in WBU work.

Mittal was the Director NIVH - The National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disablities (Divyangjan), a premier Institute in the field of visual disability working under the administrative control of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. 

With his death India lost a great a great visually challenged leader, said JL Kaul, secretary general of

All India Confederation of the Blind.

Ponugoti Chokka Rao, Secreta- AICB and  AICB local members G. Anjaiah, K.Srinivas, G. Mounika and Rathla Swami Naik, expressed their condolences to the departed leader and recalled that Mittal brought several reforms and was responsible several policy decisions.

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