The National Association for the Blind (NAB) conducted auditions for Blind Miss India contest in Odisha.
Around 56 participants from State took part in the programme and 14 were selected in the first round at the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped (VRCH) on Sunday.
They will participate in a week-long training programme to be held at KIIT School of Fashion Technology.
“They will be groomed on proper dressing and walking style,” said Ajay Samal, general secretary of the National Association for the Blind.
In a first-of-its-kind event for visually impaired persons, the Miss India Contest for the Blind and Low Vision Girls will be held at Mumbai this year. The branches of National Association for the Blind (NAB) is carrying out selection programmes to shortlist participants for the event across the country.
Another round will be held on August 28 from which four will be selected. They, along with four girls from other states, will take part in the penultimate round to be held in Mumbai in September.
The top 12 finalists selected from Mumbai will undergo 15-day training under experts from the fashion industry. The finale will be held in January next year.
“We are hopeful that at least one girl from the state will make it to the final. We will work towards preparing them,” said Ram Kishor Sharma from VRCH.