IS DU MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE?

Here’s a re­al­ity check on fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in DU col­leges for the spe­cially-abled

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Rishabh Suri

The Lok Sabha has re­cently passed the Dis­abil­ity Bill, stip­u­lat­ing a jail term of at least six months to two years and a fine rang­ing be­tween `10,000 to `5 lakh for dis­crim­i­na­tion against dif­fer­ently-abled per­sons. A pro­posal to in­crease reser­va­tion from 3-4 per cent in uni­ver­si­ties and other higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions has been put for­ward too.

Delhi Univer­sity al­ready has 1600 dif­fer­ently-abled stu­dents and the num­ber might in­crease with the Bill. We vis­ited the cam­pus to find out how well-equipped the col­lege premises are for th­ese peo­ple. And here’s what we found:

Ramped-up: While ma­jor­ity of the col­leges have ramps but only Kirori Mal Col­lege (KMC) boasts of a sig­nage board. “Ramps have been con­structed through­out our col­lege. Apart from dis­tribut­ing free lap­tops, au­dio soft­wares have also been in­stalled in the li­brary for stu­dents with vi­sion dif­fi­cul­ties. Sig­nage boards have been put up out­side each and ev­ery room to help them. Printed in English, Hindi and Braille, the boards have all ne­c­es­sary in­for­ma­tion,” says Di­nesh Khattar, Prin­ci­pal of KMC. Ram­jas Col­lege will also in­au­gu­rate a new aca­demic block in the near fu­ture, which has been con­structed keep­ing in mind ease of ac­cess for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. Sa­guna Puri, His­tory pro­fes­sor at the col­lege in­forms, “The new block will be one-of-its kind. With el­e­vated plat­forms we aim to make our premises eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the dif­fer­ently-abled.”

North Cam­pus has been ap­pre­ci­ated by every­one for its tac­tile paths and sig­nage boards. Lifts in Han­sraj Col­lege are an added fa­cil­ity.

PHOTO:RAJ K RAJ/HT

Clock­wise from top: A ramp in St.Stephan’s Col­lege; Stu­dents meet up at a so­ci­ety for the dif­fer­ently-abled; Sig­nages in Braille at Kirori Mal Col­lege

PHO­TOS: AMAL KS/HT

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