To support the 50-odd physically challenged students who are on its rolls,Delhi Universitys Hansraj College has established an Enabling Unit,complete with a Braille library,computers and other facilities.
Located near the college library,the unit is meant to function as a dedicated place for students with disabilities to work outside of their classrooms,said college Principal Dr V K Kawatra.
We thought it would be a good idea to have a dedicated space separate from the disturbances of the main building where students with disabilities could work. We have provided an office assistant and other amenities like computers and air-conditioning here, Dr Kawatra said.
Established under the UGCs 11th plan schemes meant for creating facilities for disabled students,the unit is meant for the use of both students and teachers with physical disabilities. The college has 52 students and three teachers with disabilities.
Students can come in here at any time to extend support on any issue ranging from admissions to examinations and fee payments. Students can use the unit to prepare recordings of materials,take printouts and issue books in Braille. We have also established a pool of scribes who are available for students of DU and those from other universities, said Rajesh Sharma,professor of Hindi at the college and coordinator of its Equal Opportunity Cell,which oversees the Enabling Unit.
The Equal Opportunity Cell of the University is planning to conduct a survey of colleges to assess how many have utilised UGC funds and established such facilities,said Dr Bipin Kumar Tiwary,Deputy Dean of Students Welfare who heads the DU-EOC. We are planning a survey to find out how many colleges have set up such units on their campuses, he said.