Disability rights activist Arman Ali represented India at a professional exchange programme offered by the United States, its consulate in Kolkata announced.
Ali took part in the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP), which was held virtually this year owing to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The programme commemorated 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and, apart from Ali, Fadi El Halabi from Lebanon and David Anyaele from Nigeria wwere chosen as representatives, the statement said.
In the virtual programme, representatives gave online presentations and took part in meetings and cultural activities. Ali delivered a presentation on his work and contributions in a virtual discussion hosted by the Graduate School USA and Harkin Institute at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Gold Star initiative highlights the work of IVLP alumni who have made a significant impact in their home communities, and this year focused on alumni doing exceptional work in advancing disability rights.
Ali, presently the executive director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in New Delhi, is also on the board of NGO Shishu Sarothi in Guwahati.
In the previous years, representatives had visited the US to experience the country and cultivate relationships with their American counterparts, the statement added.