4th National Abilympics – 2014 Chandigarh

The 4th National Abilympics was organised by NAAI in collaboration with National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research at Chandigarh from November 3-5, 2014.    The event was inaugurated By Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. During the inaugural address the Hon’ble Minister highlighted the importance of education and skill development for self-reliance particularly for persons with disabilities.  He assured full support of the government for the growth of the abilympic movement.  The Hon’ble Minister also declared  cash prizes of Rs. 21,000, 15,000 & 11,000 to the gold , silver and bronze medal winners of the Nationals.  He also assured arranging training of the selected candidates for participation in the International Abilympics to be held in France in 2016.  Ms. Stuti Kacker, Secretary, and Mr. Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Joint Secretary Department of Disability Affairs were also present on the occasion.  Ms. Stuti Kacker congratulated the organisers for making the necessary arrangements and wanted that a larger number of participants should be encouraged to participate in future events.  Before inaugurating the event The Hon’ble Minister visited the contest sites and encouraged the participants.  Cultural programmes were also organised during the event.

During the Nationals, 29 vocational skills and 5 leisure and living skills events were organised.  A total of 411 (292 male and 119 female)  contestants from 21 states and 1 union territory took part in 34 events. Of the above 109 contestants took part in two contests.  The contestants were accompanied by 157 officials and escorts.   Painting- water colours, PC Assembly, Electronic Assembly & Testing, Photography and English Text processing had a larger number of contestants.  The work of the contestants was judged purely on merit and not on the degree of disability.     List of Medal winners is given below.

The contestants shared their feelings and indicated that they were feeling proud that the country was recognising their skills and giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent. Cultural programmes in which some of the participants also participated.