Final Award Ceremony Sept 25th,
New Delhi!!
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Winners will be announced from amongst the AIVA 2011 Regional Finalists on Sept 25th.
The Finalists are :
Individuals | Youth | NGOs | Corporates

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Dr Mithu Alur
Mithu, has been working with children since 1966 for the education of disabled children through innovative educational experiments which she carried out when she founded the first model of the Spastics Society of India. The Spastics Society of India started in a very humble way with help from the late Shrimati Indira Gandhi who was instrumental in finding the first school premises in Bombay in 1972. Today, this model has spread round the country to 16 of the 31 States and educational reforms have been introduced on a macro level enabling children who have graduated out of these.

As a tribute to her effort, the organization got the Prestigious Award of the Best Voluntary Society in the country in 1987. In 1989, Mithu was honoured with a Padmashri (equivalent to an OBE) by the then Rajiv Gandhi Government. Her second journey was to build up a broader framework for herself and her organization which led to the setting up of ‘The Education for All Centre: The National Resource Centre for Inclusion’. For the last ten years Mithu has been involved with inclusive education and implementing 'education for all' (EFA) for all children who are not within the purview of education. On a macro level, to spread inclusive education Mithu has also been working closely with the Government. In 1997, a series of conferences entitled, 'From Segregation to Integration' began in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. This was sponsored by the Ministry of HRD and its outcome has been published. Her work has also been acknowledged and published by NIEPA, NCTE and IGNOU through various articles. Mithu has been nominated to the Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE), New Delhi, the highest policy making body on education in the country[1] within the Ministry of Education or Human Resource Development (HRD). She has also invited to be on the Round Table on Elementary Education and Disadvantaged Sections of Society, SC/ST and PWD's, Ministry of HRD, New Delhi. In 2006, she was presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award by Rotary International, United States. In 2009, she was awarded the EMPI - Indian Express Indian Innovation Award and in 2009, she was awarded the Woman of the Year Award for Outstanding Woman Citizen of Mumbai by the Indian Merchant Chamber. She has served on the National Mission of the Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, New Delhi.
Mithu has written and been published extensively over 35 years on the issues of child rights and the 'how' of educating poor children and children with disabilities. Her latest contribution of books, ‘The Journey for Inclusive Education in the Indian Sub-Continent’, ‘Inclusive Education Across Cultures: Crossing Boundaries, Sharing Ideas’ are seminal pieces of work for the Universities, teachers, scholars of inclusive education in the country. These books were launched by the Honourable Minister of Human Resource and Development, Shri Kapil Sibal, in December 2010 and received by the Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh.