NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards

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The NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Awards are given every year on the eve of Independence Day of India to honour individuals and organisations doing exemplary work towards the cause of accessibility and thus ensuring a life of equality and dignity for persons with disabilities.[1]

Winners of the NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2013 for exemplary work in the field of disability

In order to spread awareness on Universal Design and to popularise this concept, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), in association with AccessAbility and BarrierBreak Technologies, and with the support of MphasiS, instituted these award in 2010.[2] Every year, these are given away in 3 categories: People with disabilities; Working Professionals' and Corporates or Organisations.

NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Awards,2013[3][edit]

Category Awardee
Persons with Disabilities Mr. Nekram Upadhyay, Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist & Head, Department of Assistive Technology, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Delhi

Dr. Satendra Singh, Assistant Professor, University College of Medical Sciences and Coordinator, Enabling Unit, Delhi

Mr. Srinivasu Chakravarthula, Senior Accessibility Program Lead, Consumer Quality & Engineering Services, PayPal

Working Professionals

Ms. Arathi Abraham, Principal Designer, 99 and 1 Design, Chennai

Dr. Arun Mehta, President, Bidirectional Access Promotion Society, Delhi

Mr. Bhushan Verma, CEO, GearCraftSolutions, Delhi


HANDICARE - Indian Association of Persons with Disabilities, Lucknow

Kriyate Design Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Delhi

NCR Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai

School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Awards,2012[edit]

Category Awardee[4]
Persons with Disabilities Dipendra Manocha, Developing Countries Coordinator and Lead of Training and Tech. Support, DAISY Consortium and Managing Founder Trustee, Saksham Trust
Working Professionals

Abhishek Syal, Founder, Managing Trustee, Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education (ARISE)[5]

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan, Professor, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat[6]

R. R. Joshi, Director, Modular Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Pune

Prof. Rachna Khare, Professor and Co-ordinator of Centre for Human Centric Research (CHCR), School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal


Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd

National Institute of Open Schooling

Sri Vishnu Educational Society

Travel Another India

NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Awards,2011[edit]

Category Awardee
Persons with Disabilities Mr. Arvind Ramesh Prabhoo, Proprietor, Access4all, Mumbai

Mr. Prasant Ranjan Verma, Freelance Access Consultant and ICT Trainer for people with visual impairment, New Delhi

Mr. Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe, Accessibility Specialist, Product Technical Lead, Infosys Limited, Pune

Working Professionals

Prof. Abir Mullick, Fulbright Nehru Scholar in Residence, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Mr. Anupam Basu, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur.

Mr. P.J. Mathew Martin, Extension Service Asst. (Mass Media), Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai.


Accessible Systems, Mumbai.

Lemon Tree Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Select Citywalk (Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.), New Delhi.

TBox Apps (Therapy Box), U.K. & UniqMove, Indore.

NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Awards,2010[edit]

Category Awardee
Persons with Disabilities Imtiyaz Ahmed Kachvi, Ranibennur, Karnataka

Dr. Sam Taraporevala, Director, Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged, Mumbai

Sunita I. Sancheti, NINA Foundation, Mumbai

Working Professionals

Ferdinand J. Rodricks

Gaurav Raheja, IIT Roorkee

M. S. Raju, Vision Aid Charitable Society


ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru


Yahoo! India Research & Development

Wipro Ltd.


  1. ^ "Awards to honour work for cause of accessibility". The Hindu. 
  2. ^ "Designing with care". The Hindu. 
  3. ^ "They innovate to e-nable". The Times of India. 15 Aug 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Disability made him innovate for all". Times of India. 
  5. ^ "Mapping an idea". The Hindu. 
  6. ^ "Professor who designed communication device for paralysed patients awarded". Hindustan Times.