Kolkata, 13th October 2023: In a groundbreaking move that is as rare as it is inspiring, the Indian Army Quiz 2023 – ‘Battle of Minds’ proudly welcomes the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) in Kolkata to its ranks. Their decision not only breaks new ground but also underscores the resounding importance of inclusivity in this esteemed competition.
The Indian Army Quiz 2023 – ‘Battle of Minds’ has been a beacon of knowledge and camaraderie, and the inclusion of the IICP perfectly aligns with its core values of embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity. This historic step serves as a shining example of how quizzes can be a powerful tool for learning and growth, providing a platform for students of all abilities to showcase their potential, gain confidence, and enhance their knowledge retention.
The children representing the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) come from diverse backgrounds and exhibit an astonishing array of talents. For instance, Upashruti Jana, a class V student, is an active contributor to the Writers’ Workshop session and possesses interests in reading, drawing, painting, and singing. Deep Dolui, a member of the school music band, is a drummer with a strong passion for cricket, despite his use of a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy. He is also an ardent advocate in awareness campaigns. Shreya Singh, a budding lawyer, excels in mathematics and takes pride in anchoring school events, all while navigating life in a wheelchair. Aryan, a National Institute of Open Schooling student, is passionate about mathematics, chess, and cricket. He employs Augmentative and Alternative Communication and has a keen interest in art and music.
Suchetana Mukherjee, Principal of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) Kolkata, eloquently stated, “We are dedicated to creating a world where diversity is not just accepted but celebrated, where every individual is valued for their unique abilities. As IICP prepares its students for this prestigious competition, they are not only focusing on quiz formats and themes but also nurturing peer knowledge by sharing through mini-quiz sessions. “
IICP’s participation in the Indian Army Quiz 2023, ‘Battle of Minds,’ harmoniously aligns with the Indian Army’s policy of inclusivity in disability through the 37 Asha Schools for children with special needs under the aegis of AWWA (Army Wives Welfare Association).
This participation not only serves as a beacon of hope, breaking down barriers and stereotypes, but also empowers students with disabilities, boosting their confidence, fostering personal growth, and inspiring them to become active contributors to society. It exemplifies the core values of inclusivity and equality, symbolizing the potential within every individual and promoting a more compassionate and inclusive society.
As the competition unfolds on October 3rd, it firmly embraces principles of inclusivity, equity, fair play, and a relentless pursuit of knowledge. This event provides an unmatched platform for students across India, offering exposure and opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.