On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National awards for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
Chennai-based doctor T.S. Chandrasekar, who has been working for the betterment of differently-abled people for the past 15 years, was presented the national award for 'Empowerment of Persons with Disability' by the President.
Chandrasekar, who was the best outgoing student during MBBS at Madurai Medical College, graduated with 14 gold medals. He holds dual degrees with MD (Medicine) and DM (Gastroenterology) from Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He was also honoured with a fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He also won the KS Sanjivi Award in appreciation of professional excellence in July 2011.
Having conceptualised about 21 projects for the disabled in the past 15 years, he said that he had discussed one of his projects "IQ assessment and career counselling" for disabled students with the central government and was hopeful that the central government would take it up.
The project was taken up by the Tamil Nadu government after successful trials by his team, Chandrasekar said.