GUWAHATI, Oct 10 - On the occasion of the World Sight Day today, about 4,000 students of the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) pledged to donate their eyes and help the cause of visually challenged people across the world, a press release stated.
Led by visually challenged children of Jyoti Niketan, Narengi, Guwahati, USTM students, staff and authorities also participated in a Blind Walk at the university campus today. The walk was organised by NavJan, an NGO run by the Claretian Missionaries in the North East in association with the USTM.
Speaking on the occasion, USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque said, �We want to make our students socially responsible and become ambassadors for social awareness. The purpose is to express our solidarity with the visually challenged people and to motivate for eye donation.�
The World Blind Walk brings together over 500 organisations from social, developmental, medical, academic and religious backgrounds on a single platform to push for a global movement on eye donation.
The World Sight Day aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year�s theme is �Vision First� as fixed by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.