Tamana’s Research was incorporated in 2013 to facilitate the organisations industrious campaign for inclusion through accessibility and to expedite the organisational objective of holistic development of the specially abled to enable them to become self sufficient and an equal & inclusive part of our society
For the same, Tamana collaborated with companies including: IBM Research, Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Deakin University-Australia, University of Tampere- Finland, IIIT Delhi, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Research and NIOS Research for creating research based technology solutions to assist individuals with autism and special needs.
In 2015, Tamana also developed an application which was awarded by NASSCOM for creating an “ICT let Social Innovation”- an application aimed at improving the motor coordination, joint attention and cognitive skills of children with autism and special needs. In the same year, Tamana also became the first Special School in the country to be enrolled in the Google for classroom initiative. Tamana has also been supported by Microsoft and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for its IT employability & skill development program.
Since April 2020, Tamana Research along with the committed team of Tamana’s special educators, therapists, counselors ensured that none of our differently abled students are deprived of their regular day to day school learning and therapies by reaching out to the students through an online program. The students had access to their everyday curriculum and therapies via assistive technology and online platforms. The classes were conducted on a daily basis by our team in groups or one to one session enabling each and every student access to the best possible learning and development despite the constraints of the pandemic. The commitment of our dedicated team towards the cause of the differently enabled, led them to break all barriers caused by the current situation and reach out to the students on a daily basis. The aim was to provide them as near a classroom experience as possible. The teachers simplified the curriculum, using creative means to break it down into small Do it yourself activities, assignments and tasks. These were carried out by the students with the help of their parents or live on video classes through Zoom and Whatsapp. The sessions were done one to one or in groups taking care of the needs and ability of each and every student. The parents were counseled as well by our in house counselors to become equal partners in the whole online learning transaction, assisting the teachers and the therapists to ensure a qualitative learning exchange. Special efforts were also made to sensitize our students about the current situation through interactive animated videos enabling them understand the current scenario and helping them cope with the situation. The whole program was executed prioritizing the needs of the students and their parents and was highly appreciated by all the parents. The staff worked extra hard to ensure the success of the program by developing innovative means to deliver the program and exchanging best practices with one another with the main aim to ensure access to the best possible learning and development opportunities to the students.
Tamana as a part of Research project under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is producing organic compost. Organic compost is naturally made compost which is very effective in increasing soil fertility and is environment friendly Organic or Bio Compost training includes knowledge emancipation and motivation with technology based intervention, virtual games along with practical training periodically. This training helps Tamana students to establish and run their own Organic compost production Centres.
India is shifting to a green economy. Solar power is considered as a good source of renewable energy that has a great potential future. There is a tremendous scope and employment opportunities in the solar industry. As a part of a Research project under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Tamana is training students on Assembling procedure of Solar lanterns. Conventional, virtual and practical sessions/training gives immense knowledge and widens the scope of employment opportunities.
Tamana was awarded the eNGO South Asia award and the Rashtriya Swayamsiddh Award by JSPL Foundation in 2015 and 2016 respectively for its exceptional initiative in the field of technology led research for the betterment of special needs.
2015 – NASSCOM Social Innovation Award for HOPE (Kinect based application for children with special needs)
2015 – Winner of the eNGO Challenge, South Asia for suing online presence and digital tools to work for inclusion of differently abled.
2016 – Rashtriya Swayamsiddh Shri Award by JSPL Foundation
We would like to partner with companies, universities, researchers and organizations to create ICT based accessible technologies for the special needs individuals as a step towards accelerating the inclusion process.
Mr. Blessin Varkey,
Director -Innovation & Research