SRMIST in association with the college of occupational therapy organized the first National Conference on Autism at its Kattankulathur premises today. The conference was chaired by Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit, the governor of Tamil Nadu, Dr. T.R. Paarivendar, the chancellor and Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, the president of SRMIST.
The conference commenced with lighting the lamp by all the dignitaries on dais, following which Dr. N. Chandraprabha, Director Medical & Health Sciences, SRMIST welcomed the chief guest, the distinguished personalities and the audience with the welcome address. Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar, the Chancellor SRMIST delivered the presidential address, he emphasized on the impact of Autism in self, family and societal level and added about the severity of the autistic disorder and the various measures taken by SRMIST such as the sensory garnden to counter the disorder for the benefit of the youngster community.
Felicitations were in order and were presided by Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, the president of SRMIST following which he enlightened us with startling statistics. He also stressed upon the implementation of different fields and branches of medicine to be integrated to find an effective solution to the problem
Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, the Vice Chancellor took the opportunity to announce the induction of the university to tier 2 by the UGC. He also shared his views regarding more importance being given to conventional subject and its rising in the Indian job sector and about the importance of such conventional subject studies which differ from core subjects.
The chief guest address was graced by Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu, Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit who enlightened us with the various types of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) highlighting the fact that ten million children – one-seventh of the world’s autistic population stems from India, he commended the efforts of SRMIST for taking the first step to effectively combating this disorder. The Governor also shared his views on how such children are to be approached by parents, peers and society. He mentioned that only love, care and understanding can nurture such children and bring up a significant change in their lives.
The governor also released the conference souvenir, making it a memorable event. The conference came to an end when the Dean of SRM College of occupational therapy, Dr. U. Ganapathy Sankar took the opportunity to thank the people present by delivering the vote of thanks.