Various colleges in Chandigarh reveal a sorry state of affairs in terms of infrastructure for students with disabilities.
At Government College of Commerce and Business Administration in Sector 42, there are separate washrooms for disabled students, however, the college does not have facilities of ramps and lifts for such students, which is a major setback. The college authorities, however, claim that ramps are being constructed in the new building that is being constructed in the college.
At Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, there is a facility of ramps for disabled students till the top floor of the main college building. The college also has a separate washroom for students with disabilities in its news block. At MCM DAV College in Sector 36, a ramp was constructed last year to facilitate movements of the disabled students but the colleges still lack separate washroom facilities.
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Even though Sri Guru Gobind Singh College in Sector 26 provides completely free education to visually impaired students, the college is not well-equipped for the needs of disabled students. “We have a ramp for the disabled students connecting both the buildings of our college, however, as of now, we do not have separate washrooms for them,” Principal Professor S S Dhillion said.
At the Government College for Yoga Education, Sector 23, for the convenience of the disabled students, classes for the students with disabilities are held on the ground floor.
At the Panjab University campus, even though ramps are provided in all blocks for convenience of the disabled students, not each block is equipped with lifts. Along with 70-80 disabled students that are enrolled in various courses, there are some faculty members as well as other differently-abled staff at the university.
However, at the university hostels, ramps have been constructed in all the new blocks. According to PU Registrar Col G S Chadha (Retd), a fresh budget allocation has been made to make sure that separate toilets are constructed for differently abled students at the university.