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India's first interactive portal for disabled community

punarbhava_website.jpgMedia Lab Asia, a unit of the Indian Department of Information Technology, and the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), a federal body dealing with rehabilitation of the disabled, have jointly developed a portal for the differently-abled community in India named (For more information please visit This portal has been designed and developed by iridium Interactive, the leading ‘Fully Integrated Web Services Company’ in India. was launched today by Smt.Meira Kumar Hon’ble Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology.

Punarbhava is a Pali word for “renewed becoming”. It refers to the process of rebirth after death and is synonymous with samsara. Rebirth in Buddhism does not mean reincarnation, in the sense of an eternal, separate soul transferring to a new body. Rather it is the continuation of the psyche with its conditioning and habits. Each rebirth is a new life.

Punarbhava is an excellent example of the efficient use of ICT and the web medium for the betterment of the differently-abled. The aim of Punarbhava is to create and run a comprehensive Internet Portal, which collects specialized information and useful services for all the people involved in the disability issue as an information database, sources of daily updated news and media for the development of the disability and rehabilitation sector in India. – added Pratap T. P., Chief Marketing Officer, iridium Interactive.

There will be an array of resources like films documentaries, list of publications and institutions for users to download a repository of books in text, audio and multimedia mode. Not only that in schools where computer based printing system is available the text in language script or Braille script can be printed locally. Users could also access a complete database on NGOs working in the field of disability in India and network with sponsors for financing projects for the welfare of the disabled” – added Manish Kumar, Practice Head, iridium Interactive.

The user can view and even download all government orders, laws, circulars related to disability and disability certificate form. Not just this, the disabled-friendly texts in audio, video and multimedia mode will be cataloged and stored in web format for easy download.Besides, a dedicated section will be available for information on professional personnel and students being trained as specialists to deal with disability related issues. Currently there are 30000 such professionals in the country and an estimated 5,000 persons register themselves for fresh training every year. A closed user group would be launched to unite them and other stakeholders. iridium Interactive has been actively involved in ensuring web accessibility and inclusion of the differently abled – and this was the main reason for leading organisations like Media Lab Asia & Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) to have selected iridium Interactive for this important assignment. It is a chance through the power of the Internet to unite on a global scale and influence matters in local, regional and international attitudes and thinking” – said Sriram Bharatam, CEO, iridium Interactive.



5 Discussions on
“India's first interactive portal for disabled community”
  • 18th March 2008

    Dear Punarbhava Portal Team Friends,

    Wonderful, touching, caring – this is what I felt when I browsed the Punarbhava portal . I got this reference from a friend of mine who is herself a polio-affected but a brave and energetic citizen of India .. She is a real spirit and a trend-setter for all of us .. She helps out the Blind in the activities of reading for them / organising content for braille/CD conversion/creating awareness in her circle for the disabled and need to give them care and support in time and skills.

    I appreciate the naming of this Site as Punarbhava – a melodious name with a meaningful depth.
    I observed this to be a thoughtful portal in my first impression, needs quite a time to go through the details and I will ensure as much publicity for this site availability in my circle of Near and Dear and Friends and Family and Colleagues and amongst my Banking customers across the country.

    Being an IT officer in a commercial Bank, I have already registered as a prospective and active user on this portal to contribute and participate meaningfully under Connect services of blogging, discussion and chats in this portal on 17th inst.

    The portal appears well developed with diversified content and demands kept in view. I am really happy such a venture has been brought to reality through the benefits of Information Technology./

    Full credits to all the friends involved in this exercise and a hearty thanks to the Govt of India in this really worthy endeavour for the cause of citizens with disability in physique but super strength in mind.

    Regards and Best Wishes to all connected with the developing and hosting of this Portal for the citizens of the World at large. May it flourish and prosper in its growth all the Way in the Days ahead.

    Mohandas K V
    Corporate Office
    Dept of Information Technology

  • i read this post i feel very happy .i am disabled person. is there any information reggardindng the disability candidate .u plz mail me

  • hi my name is gayasuddin. i heard about this portal from one of my friend. i felt very happy that this organisation is mainly for the disabled people like us. ya i also affected by polio. please try to help me out by providing with suitable job opportunies preferrably online. i have done my graduation but unfortunately now no one is here to help me out..please do reply me i’ll be waitng for your reply.
    thank you..