· AwarenessRally on wheel chairs was flagged off to ‘Wagha Border’ to sensitize societyfor adopting prior stringent measures in preventing such injuries to happen
· Eminentguests of the occasion included MLA Jalandhar (North Zone) Bawa Henry, IGPolice Arpit Shukla, ADC Bhupinder Singh, ACP Deepika Singh
· Carriedinspiring slogan “Can’t walk, let’s fly”
· Hundreds ofLPU NSS Volunteers and all 22 Spinal Cord injury affected students studying atLPU took active part
Jalandhar: Aimingto encourage spinal cord injured persons lead an inclusive life, the JalandharAdministration, Lovely Professional University and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)Association joined hands to observe ‘SCI Day 2017’ at LPU Campus. More than 150SCI affected persons, their family members, hundreds of NSS volunteers at LPUand all 22 Spinal Cord injury affected students studying on 100% scholarship atLPU participated actively in the event. On this occasion, ‘Spinal Cord InjuryDay’ rally was also flagged off to Wagha Border to awaken national andinternational people about injuries which shatter lives of injured ones.Homage was also paid to departed souls of two members Harpinder Sangheraand Taranjeet of SCI Association. Their family-members were also consoled tobear the irreparable loss and LPU Management made relevant job-offers to them.Eminent guests of the occasion included MLA Jalandhar (North Zone) Bawa Henry,IG Police Arpit Shukla, Additional Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Singh, ACPDeepika Singh, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, Pro Chancellor Mrs RashmiMittal, President SCI Jalandhar Association Parvinder Singh Sonu, VicePresident Devinder Singh and more.
MLA Bawa inspired affected ones tobe always hopeful and invoked society to share responsibility towards suchpersons. IG Police Shukla was excited to mention that the activities of SCIassociation have been converted into a great ‘movement’ by bringing more andmore awareness all around. Mentioning LPU as the only university in the countryto help SCI affected persons in large number, he praised LPU Management forunique efforts made, especially in providing 100% scholarship for educatingsuch young persons. Praising SCI Association members and other affectedpersons, Mr Shukla said that all of them are indeed great source of inspirationfor others also. ADC Bhupinder Singh referred the event as noble cause; beingherself a Physiotherapist before joining Police Service, ACP Deepika wantedpeople to feel the discomforts of SCI affected ones and render them regularinspiration like this celebration. Appreciating the slogan of the association‘Can’t walk, Let’s fly’, Chancellor Mr Mittal congratulated all those 120 SCIaffected persons who recently braved paragliding experience. Offeringjobs to the family-members of the departed souls, he also ensured that LPUManagement is always ready to accord necessary help, as all of them are veryclose to his heart. Appreciating Bagha Border as concluding point of the rally,he mentioned that it is sure to awaken the neighbouring country also as suchpains are alike to all nations and their nationals.
Worth mentioning,International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) observes ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’every year to awaken general public to facilitate an inclusive life for“injured” persons, and to propagate prevention programs. During awareness rallyby 150 wheel-chaired persons, placards were displayed by NSS Volunteers withpledges of precautions. Most of the placards instructed to observe trafficrules as most of the SCI cases emerge from road accidents. These were readas: “I will never use mobile phone while driving or crossing the road;follow all safety rules like putting on Seat Belt/ Helmet; help disabled oneswhile crossing roads; use only footpath while walking; follow Zebra Crossing;look both sides of the road before crossing; and, many more”.
SCI affected LPU student MahimaGaur (B Ed); Danish Singh (B Tech ECE); and Raman (Animation & PhotoJournalism), who hail from different parts of the country, thanked LPU forproviding them golden chance of being regular students under all facilities.They wished that there should be researches through which SCI affected ones maybe able to live full-fledged life once again.