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DU ensures differently abled are not left behind

Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 08, 2012
First Published: 23:31 IST(8/6/2012) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(8/6/2012)

Delhi University (DU) is pulling out all stops to ensure that the admission procedure and the upcoming academic session is hurdle-free for students applying under the Persons with Disability (PWD) quota.

Student volunteers assisting them in filling out the forms, to buses ferrying students to and from the metro station — the university has left no stone unturned in making the application process smooth for disabled persons.

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“We have provided two students each at the four helpdesks. We also have sign language interpreters and an information bulletin in Braille. Buses have been plying from the metro station to the colleges for PWD students, who are assisted into the buses by student volunteers,” said Vipin Tiwari, deputy dean of Students’ Welfare (PWD).

While some colleges, such as Lady Sri Ram (LSR), have ramps for the differently-abled, at others the admission procedure is being done at a place, which requires students to put in least amount of physical effort.

“We are conducting the admissions at the Dean of Students’ Welfare office, which is very convenient for students. The amenities set up for these students ensure that they don’t encounter any difficulty in filling up the form,” added Tiwari.

All these facilities, however, are not limited to the admission season. DU has ensured that students with different abilities are not left behind, when they are attending college either.

“For students with visual impairment, Braille books are published as per the demands of students. We source the books from the different libraries so students are not inconvenienced. Books, which are not printed in Braille, are converted into audiobooks on a blank CD by special volunteers,” said Rajni Mathur, professional assistant, Braille Library.


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