Nominations open for 8th NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 1996 working as an interface between various stakeholders – Government, Industry and Civil Society Organisations (both national and international) for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.

NCPEDP has long believed that accessibility is the bedrock of inclusion. However, it is not limited to just the physical space. It includes, among many others, transport infrastructure, information & technology, aids and appliances. Access therefore, is an issue that cuts across disabilities, sectors, abilities and age groups and forms the very basis of Empowerment! And, a concept that is intrinsic to any kind of access is ‘Universal Design’, which means a design that is usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of age, ability, or situation.

Thus, to recognise exemplary and innovative work towards the cause of accessibility that promotes the principles of Universal Design, NCPEDP with the support of Mphasis launched the ‘NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards’ in 2010.

2017 will see the eighth edition of the Awards which are given in 3 categories: Persons with Disabilities, Working Professionals, and Companies/Organisations. The Awards cover accessibility in the following fields:

  1. Built Environment
  2. Transport
  3. Information and Communication Technology
  4. Services
  5. Aids and Appliances

We have been tremendously motivated by the huge response that the Awards have received since it’s inception and this year, we look forward to seeing an even greater excitement!


The Concept Note along with the Nomination Forms can be found at NCPEDPExternal Website . We have also enclosed last year’s commemorative brochure for your reference.

We would appreciate if you could please nominate deserving candidates and also help us disseminate the documents further to relevant individuals/organisations in your mailing lists. The last date for sending nominations is Wednesday, 31st May, 2017.  Please send us your nominations at

More details and registration process can be found at NCPEDPExternal Website

Note: The last date for nomination submission is 31st May 2017.