VYOM JK 2023

Social Welfare Department

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Disabilities do not equate to inabilities, and to celebrate the diversity and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), the Social Welfare Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, is proud to announce VYOM-2023. This groundbreaking event is J&K’s first-of-its-kind Inclusive Fest, a distinctive 2-day gathering scheduled for December 28th-29th, 2023. We are honoured to host this event at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu, located on Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, Tawi, J&K. VYOM-2023 aims to demonstrate how people can come together to create a welcoming and inclusive world for everyone.


Inviting Researchers / Academicians for Policy Inputs: 

VYOM-2023 will invite research papers from experts and stakeholders to strengthen and shape policy inputs on RPWD Act 2016 and its implementation.

To debate and deliberate upon various dimensions of Disability rights, policies and issues in this domain in contemporary times. The objective is to develop policy ideas and options to address various issues and challenges of disability rights with Special emphasis on RPWD Act, 2016.

The VYOM-2023 (Inclusive Fest) also aims to explore the experiences and research of policymakers, academicians and research scholars to identify suitable indigenous strategies for disability sensitization and implementation of RPWD Act 2016.

The event is designed to encourage people to overcome personal stereotypes and establish an environment that not only educates everyone about the disabled community and their capabilities but also respects and celebrates diversity. VYOM-2023 has already garnered over 3,000 delegate registrations, including members of the disabled community and individuals from across the country. To assist delegates, both with and without disabilities, we have assembled a team of 300 local volunteers. Additionally, more than 10,000 visitors will experience the scale and impact of the event.

Every activity planned for VYOM-2023- J&K is purpose-driven. The Disability Dialogue sessions aim to foster dialogue among various stakeholders and empower persons with disabilities. The Sports events celebrate the spirit of competition and underscore the need for more Para games and activities to create greater opportunities for persons with disabilities.

VYOM-2023 – J&K’s theme will enable parents, NGOs, and other stakeholders to interact with service providers, resolving queries and improving services. During VYOM-2023 Dialogues, expert speakers will engage in eight distinct conversations, offering valuable insights that will inform essential policy development and modifications. These insights will not only benefit Jammu and Kashmir but also contribute to advocacy efforts at the national and international levels.

Call for Papers: 

The teaching faculty, research scholars and administrators are invited to participate and present papers on the following themes related to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016:


  1. Inclusivity and Accessibility: Exploring the implementation action with a focus on creating inclusive environments and accessible infrastructure for persons with disabilities among the 21 disciplines of benchmark disabilities as recognized by RPWD Act, 2016.
  2. Empowering PwDs through Education and Employment: Analysing strategies and policies that empower individuals with disabilities through education, skill development, and inclusive employment opportunities.
  3. Healthcare and Well-being: Assessing the healthcare and well-being provisions for persons with disabilities and their effective implementation under the RPWD Act, 2016.
  4. Advocacy, Awareness, and Social Inclusion: Examining the role of advocacy, awareness campaigns, and social inclusion in promoting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities under the RPWD Act, 2016.


Abstract and Paper Submission:


  1. Submission of full-length Paper: 15th December 2023 (5000-6000 words)
  2. Email ID for Communication: comm.pwds@jk.gov.incpwdsjk@gmail.com 


Submission Guidelines:

  1. The paper should be of 5000 words (minimum) and 6000 words (maximum) including references.
  2. The name, designation, institutional affiliation, and position of each author should be given clearly under the title of each Contribution.
  3. Paper must be written in English, typed using Times New Roman (font size 12) and in MS Word. Page size should be A- 4, single column with 2.5 cm margin on both sides with 1.5 line spacing. All pages of the manuscript (including Tables and Figures) should be numbered.
  4. APA Style of Referencing needs to be utilized. All references and citations be correct, and that the Contribution does not contain any material that infringes copyright, or is defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful or litigious.

Registration Details:

 Faculty/Policymakers/CSO/Industry members/Research Scholars 

Join us in making VYOM-2023 a platform for meaningful dialogue, research, and policy development that can positively impact the lives of persons with disabilities. Let’s work together to create a more inclusive and accessible world.

For more information, please contact us at:

Office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities

Vigilance Building Old-Secretariate Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001.

30 A/B Gole Market Gandhinagar Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir 180004.

+911944-057772 (S) +911913579277 (J) Email: comm.pwds@jk.gov.in