Nevedac Prosthetic Centre was founded in 1973 by Padmashri Colonel DS Vohra, who also founded Artificial Limb Centre inaugurated by Pandit Nehru, first Prime Minister of India. Nevedac Prosthetic Centre has rehabilitated over 65,000 disabled persons. The Centre is replete with history, landmarks and unique humane stories have woven around its history


Pic above: A 12 year old school girl from Nagpur, Mithali lost her right arm from her shoulder, her left leg below her knee and most of her right foot in a tragic accident in 2006. An amazing 'miracle' child, she survived an 11 KVA electric shock. Her tremendously positive demeanour and quietly determined attitude has softened the tragedy for her parents, and made her an inspiration for others. She received her artificial limbs at Nevedac Centre and is back to her school and loving the new lease of life. Her tragedy is her triumph.


 
Brief History of Nevedac:           After taking premature retirement from the Indian Army, in 1966, the founder, Colonel Vohra’s interest in the cause of the disabled persons, continued. With the encouragement and support by the Govt. of Punjab, he established, NEVEDAC PROSTHETIC CENTRE (NPC) at Daulatsinghwala, near Airport, Chandigarh. The village was renamed as such in the memory of late Lt. General Daulat Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, who was killed in a plane crash while on active service in Jammu & Kashmir. The Foundation Stone was laid by His Excellency, Shri M.M. Chaudhury, the then Governor of Punjab on 15 Oct 1973. During its brief existence, the institution has already helped the rehabilitation of over 65300 orthopaedically handicapped persons of all categories. They include both arms and both legs amputees, besides polio-affected children and spinal deformities. 

         The institution is registered as a Charitable organisation where majority of the patients are treated free, besides providing them with free board and lodging. The institution is formally recognised by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of Punjab, Govt. of Haryana, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Administration. Nevedac Prosthetic Centre is known for its uniqueness, personal touch, complete customistaion and a 'welcome to the family' approach towards all. The disabled family grows both inside and outside the Centre and they grow in life together. Some disabled persons came here as patients and are now workers at the Centre (more than 30% workers are disabled). Many disabled persons have established life long relationships with the Centre as a place that gave them life and with other disabled workers as one of their own.


 


 Pic above: Ram Bahadur (Right), an employee of Nevedac Prosthetic Centre with both artficial arms, after receiving the Best Disabled Employee Award from the President, with the Hon'ble Minister of Social Empowerment, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan (Left). A beaming Col Vohra is in the Centre.

Pic below: Mother Teresa (Centre), Col Vohra (behind Mother Teresa), Her Excellency Mrs Maya Ray, wife of then Governor of Punjab



Pic below: Mrs. Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India appreciating the Nevedac Mechanical Hand
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Pic below: Modhan Singh had lost both his arms when he came to Nevedac Prosthetic Centre as a patient. He is employed at Nevedac and in the picture below demonstrates how he can work with both his artificial arms normally with the fingers opening and closing. His left hand (holding glass) is mechanical while the right hand (pouring with bottle) is electronic.



Pic below:  Sushma lost both her legs due to frost bite when she was 5 years old and came to Nevedac Prosthetic Centre as a patient. The founder, Col DS Vohra, gave this 5 year old the artificial legs and asked her to stay on at the Centre to provide her with free boarding and lodging and even arranged for her education. Today, she is back to her village in the hills of Himachal Pradesh as a Government School teacher. She cheerfully negotiates the stee p climbs of her hilly village with her artficial legs and the steep climbs of life with a real smile.  At 26, the Nevedac family is looking for suitable boy for her!

Pic below: Gurmit Singh is a left arm amputee and received his artificial hand at Nevedac Prosthetic Centre. He was absorbed as a carpenter at Nevedac. He demonstrates how he can do farm labour aided by his artificial arm. 

 

Pic below: Malkit Singh came to Nevedac as a right arm amputee. He received his artificial arm and stayed on as a welder until he left to start his own enterprise. Pic shows Malkit carrying out welding job with his artificial arm.

 

Pic below: Hanumant Rao came to Nevedac from Bangalore after losing both his arms. His sights were set on being able to operate a computer - Pic shows him doing just that with both his artificial arms.