Colleges and universities will create resources for blind students
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all of its universities and colleges to create resources for visually impaired students. He called on educational institutions to develop or adopt several resources including Braille books, large print books, tactile books, audio books to “meet the needs of the visually impaired”. He also added that resources should be provided free of charge.
The UGC, in its official notification, wrote: “all universities are advised to develop/adopt appropriate educational resources such as braille books, large print books, tactile books, audio books and other assistive devices that better meet the needs of visual impairments for equitable access to the curriculum These educational resources, where possible, should also be uploaded to the university website and made available free of charge .”
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On January 10, the Supreme Court ordered UGC to establish guidelines for students with disabilities at universities and colleges to facilitate access. A panel of judges DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna had given the commission eight weeks to draw up the guidelines.
The UGC had formed a committee following the direction of the Supreme Court. He had said he would look into formulating guidelines for accessibility for students with disabilities in universities and colleges. Appearing for the UGC, lawyer Manoj Ranjan Sinha said an updated situation report has been filed and that it would take another eight weeks to develop the guidelines given the current pandemic situation. The case will be heard on March 14.
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In 2017, the higher court said that while developing the guidelines for students with disabilities, UGC should consider forming a committee and may include people from the central advisory board, state advisory boards, commissioner in Head or State Commissioners appointed under the Disabled Persons Act. . The committee is to undertake a detailed study to make provisions for accessibility as well as pedagogy and would also suggest how these suggestions would be implemented, funded and followed up, he said.
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