Coimbatore The Marga-Schulze Foundation based in Germany is assisting blind girls in Africa and Asia to pursue higher education. The assistance is routed through CBM, a leading international organization committed to the cause of services for persons with disabilities for the past 100 years.

The UDIS Forum in Coimbatore covers the States of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Diu & Daman, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, and Pondicherry.

The scheme provides a merit scholarship of Rs. 12,000/- and Rs. 18,000/- for students undergoing graduate, and post-graduate courses respectively. Under this scheme, about 200 visually impaired girls have been benefitted so far in the state of Maharashtra. In order to encourage and adopt new technology, the forum conducts computer exams and gives laptops as a gift to the selected candidates.

The CBM, the Marga Schulze Foundation, the UDIS Forum and the All India Confederation of the Blind hope that more and more girls with visual impairment will avail of this scholarship scheme and become future voices of persons with disabilities in general and persons with visual impairment in particular.


Puraskar The NAB, Unit Maharashtra has always given special emphasis on education of the visually impaired boys and girls. In order to encourage the students, NAB conceived an idea of giving state level “Puraskar” (awards) to

  • All graduate students,
  • Students securing 1st rank in the 10th and 12th standards,
  • Any ideal institution engaged in imparting education to visually impaired students,
  • Three best teachers and
  • One college professor teaching visually impaired students.

The students, teachers, professor and the institution are selected by a panel consisting of prominent persons from the education field.

This activity is going on for the last 19 years successfully. Typically, the function is presided over by the Vice Chancellor of a renowned University in the state of Maharashtra.