Some 352 electric wheelchairs distributed to disabled university students
A total of 352 electric wheelchairs have been distributed to students with physical and permanent ambulatory disabilities under the Prime Minister’s Electric Wheelchair Program for University Students “over the past two years
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 23, 2021): A total of 352 electric wheelchairs have been distributed among students with physical and permanent ambulatory disabilities under the Prime Minister’s Power Wheelchair Program for University Students “over the past two years.
According to an official source, some 206 wheelchairs were distributed in phase 1 in 2019-20 and 146 in phase II among deserving students during the year 2020-21. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) planned to distribute the remaining 248 wheelchairs to university students in the public sector with permanent physical and ambulatory disabilities during phase III.
The total cost of the project was Rs 131 million. Of which Rs 120 million has been reserved for the purchase of 600 wheelchairs for subsequent distribution among deserving students over a period of three years.
Wheelchairs were distributed among students with permanent physical and ambulatory disabilities to such an extent that they were unable to move from place to place without the aid of a wheelchair.
HEC was considering procuring additional wheelchairs to meet increasing demands, if necessary.
As part of this program, at least two electric wheelchairs would also be distributed to 424 federal educational institutions to facilitate students with disabilities and visitors to educational institutions.
The main objective of the system was to facilitate the reception of disabled ambulatory students, so that they can be assisted in their movements and contribute effectively to the progress of the country.
The program was aligned with the United Nations Standard Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at eliminating gender disparities in education and ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for vulnerable people with disabilities. , indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations by 2030..
According to the 1998 census data, there were 622,025 disabled (infirm) people in Pakistan.
Of these 21,925 were enrolled in various schools, colleges and universities in the public and private sectors in Pakistan.
The execution and operation phases were handled by HEC, ensuring that the distribution was done transparently and on merit to students who met the program’s eligibility criteria.
Based on the criteria, the list of students declared eligible to receive the wheelchair was shared with the respective universities. Vendor details would be shared with the student, so that any repair or service during the warranty period could be done immediately and free of charge.