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Compulsory courses: NGO suggests ways

delhi Updated: May 26, 2013 02:25 IST
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An NGO, which had gone to court in protest of Delhi University's move to make math and science compulsory, has sent suggestions to varsity authorities for the rollout of the plan.

Sambhavana, the NGO, opined that mandating the two subjects would cause problems for the disabled students.

The suggestions were sent to vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh as well as a DU-appointed committee following a Delhi High Court directive on May 15.

"Generally, the areas of science and mathematics have been inaccessible to the students with visual impairments. Complex and high-tech fields such as chemistry, physics, engineering, biology and mathematics are rife with visually presented concepts and information," a statement issued by the NGO says.

"After outlining specific requirements for teaching science and maths to vision-impaired students, we have made many broad suggestions," it adds.

The suggestions include bridge courses for students with vision impairment in the first year of the undergraduate programme, training of the those who will teach the building mathematical ability, and science and life (the two foundations courses) to the students with vision impairment and to introduce the foundation course in the second year of the four-year undergraduate.