Dr. Birendra Raj Pokharel, a Trend Setter in the Rotary World

Mr. Birendra Raj Pokharel who lost his eyesight at the age of 27 years took up the challenge of serving millions of people with disabilities, with his will power, commitment and enthusiasm. The turning point in his carrier was when he participated in ICEVI World Assembly in the Netherlands during 2002 where he got opportunity of meeting and getting inspired by the World’s renowned persons with visual impairment. Appreciating his contribution at the National level, he was elected Country Representative of the ICEVI for Nepal during WBU-ICEVI World Assembly held during 2016 in Florida, USA. Now, he has decided to host the ICEVI West Asia Conference along with Mr. Madhav Aryal during 16-18 February, 2020 at Kathmandu. He has established Secretariat of the Conference at the office of ADRAD which he is heading.

His contribution in promoting and strengthening rights of people with disabilities extended to formulation of Act, Laws and Policies on the rights of people with disabilities in Nepal. His key contribution in the sector has been well recognised for formulation, use and promotion of accessible information technology for enhancing learning capabilities of persons with visual and print disability by the development of accessible reading learning materials in DAISY and e-pub platform, reading them in   smart phones. For this innovation, he was conferred with “Gopal Kamala Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2019” by Honorable President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Republic of Nepal.  He also completed PhD research on the Accessible Information Communication Technology for mainstreaming persons with visual impairment in development process from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu in 2017.

He joined Rotary Club of Jawalakhel in 2014. Appreciating his outstanding contributions the Member of this Club decided to elect him President of the Club. He has the great honour of being the First Persons with Visual Impairment to be installed as President of the Club on 22nd July, 2019 for the Rotary year 2019-2020. This is true recognition of his experience, expertise and commitment of following Rotary philosophy of “Service above Self”.

ICEVI West Asia congratulates Birendra, a Rights Activist, for being the First Person with Visual Impairment to become President of a Rotary Club – a new milestone in the Rotary history. We wish him great success as President and we trust that he shall have many more distinctive achievements to his credit in the Rotary World – in the Rotarian spirit of service to humanity.

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