Tribune news service
Shimla, August 8th
Efforts are being made to make Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) a disabled-friendly university. A project worth Rs 5 crores to make the campus accessible is underway. Ramps are being built. One elevator has started its work at the university, while seven more will be installed in the first phase. Toilets are being remodeled to make them more user-friendly for disabled students
A surplus seat in M Phil and PhD is provided in each subject to ensure adequate representation in research, and 5 percent reservation is also provided for disabled students. As a result, at least 15 particularly gifted students are doing PhDs, while many have graduated from JRF, NET, and SLET.
“Disability is not a curse, but part of our diverse society. It is our responsibility to empower them with education and we are committed to it, ”said Vice Chancellor Prof.
According to the instructions of the UGC and the state government, any person can be written to regardless of their qualifications for eligible disabled students. An extension of one hour for a three-hour examination is granted to them. They are also provided with grants from the state government.
The university gives priority accommodation to disabled students in dormitories. In order to bring the disabled students from the dormitories to the campus and to bring them back again, free transport is provided, added the Vice Chancellor.
Ajai Srivastava, Node Commissioner for Disability Issues and in charge of the Accessibility Project, said Prime Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the accessible library for disabled students two years ago.
It has 17 computers equipped with speech software and Wi-Fi to enable visually impaired students to read online material and scan printed text by listening. The disabled students benefited greatly from this. You cracked JRF, NET and SLET, among others.