Mitra Jyothi

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Mitra Jyothi[1] established in 1990, is a charitable trust registered under Indian Trust Act. Its aims to support the visually impaired through various programs it offers. These programs include Talking Book Library, Computer Training Center, Independent Living Skills, Braille Transcription Center and Job Placement. It received State Award in 2010 from the Directorate of Disabled Welfare and Senior Citizens, Government of Karnataka for its exemplary service for persons with disabilities. Mitra Jyothi is also a member of the DAISY Forum of India (DFI). DFI is a forum of Not for profit organizations from India who are involved in production of books and reading materials in accessible formats for persons who cannot read normal print.


Ms Madhu Singhal, who is visually impaired herself, is the Managing Trustee/Founder of Mitra Jyothi. She established Mitra Jyothi in 1990 along with the support of 8 other individuals. She was given National Award on December 2008 for achievement in working for the cause of people with disabilities.[2] She was also awarded “Saduru Gnanananda Awardees 2011” in the category Woman Social Entrepreneur, empowering the visually impaired.[3]


Talking Book Library[edit]

Library has collection of converted Audio Cassettes and CD’s of printed books. Volunteers help in recording Audio master cassettes and CDs at recording rooms. Library also produces a monthly audio magazine called 'Sanchaya'.[4][5]

Computer Training Centre[edit]

Established in 2005 Computer Training Centre provides computer training to the visually impaired and low vision students. Offered programs include basic computer training courses for visually impaired and Teacher Training courses for teachers.

Independent Living Skills[edit]

It is a residential training program for visually impaired women in the age group of 18 to 35 years. These women are taught life skills like mobility, home management skills, cooking, hygiene etc.

Braille Transcription Centre[edit]

Braille Transcription Centre is used to convert books required by visually impaired students into Braille.

Placement Cell[edit]

Established in 1999 Placement Cell helps visually impaired, and also people with other disabilities, find job opportunities according to their skills in various sectors. It also conducts Sensitization programs for both employers and employees.


  1. ^ Mitra Jyothi
  2. ^ Madhu Singhal National Award 2008
  3. ^ Saduru Gnanananda Awardees 2011
  4. ^ Programs Mitra Jyothi
  5. ^ NIVH Mitra Jyothi Programs

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