University of Himachal Pradesh drafts policy covering rights of students with disabilities : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Shimla, April 1

The University of Himachal Pradesh (HPU) has formulated a comprehensive policy document covering all statutory rights of students with disabilities. The policy document “Equal Opportunity Policy for Persons with Disabilities” emphasizes non-discrimination and full empowerment of students with disabilities and also envisages the establishment of a grievance cell for students, teachers and employees with disabilities.

The policy provides major protection to these teachers and employees, so that their services can never be terminated due to disability. Besides education, students would be entitled to equal opportunities in sports, yoga, library, training, skill development and recreational activities. The university would also create a barrier-free environment, the document says.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. SP Bansal commended students with disabilities as HPU has become the first university in the northern states, after Delhi, to prepare such a policy document. It would be strictly implemented and students with disabilities would not have to run from pillar to pillar to claim their legal rights, he added.

Elaborating on the content of the policy, the Nodal Officer for Disability Affairs, Prof. Ajai Srivastav said that there are provisions on totally free education, free accommodation, supernumerary seat at Ph.D. in each department each year, in addition to five percent reservation in all courses and a fully accessible library equipped with speaking software for students with disabilities.

They will also benefit from a five-year relaxation of the upper age limit for admission, while visually impaired students will benefit from electronic resources, Professor Srivastav said. The policy aimed to promote “appropriate enhanced alternative models and formats of communication, including computer with talking software, large print, Braille and Indian Sign Language”, he said.

Library books would be made accessible to visually impaired students through digitization and a pool of scribes would be set up for students who cannot write due to a disability. Until the pool is prepared, no educational qualification criteria for scribes will be set, Srivastav added.

In addition to provisions for free tutoring, skills development and vocational training for students with disabilities, the policy also states that the university will restructure its curriculum to ensure access, inclusion and participation in learning activities. yoga and sports.

Free tuition, 5% quota in all courses

  • Protection for teachers and employees with disabilities, so that their services can never be terminated due to disability. Students will be entitled to equal opportunities in sports, yoga, library, training, skill development and recreational activities.
  • Free education, free hostel, one supernumerary doctoral seat in each department each year, in addition to five percent reservation in all courses, and a fully accessible library equipped with speaking software for students with disabilities.

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