THE FIRST technology institute for handicapped students in the city has proposed to provide computer education to the rural youths in their respective villages. The institute popular as Dr Ambedkar Institute of Technology for Handicapped is the first of its kind in Asia.
Under the proposed scheme a few villages having adequate number of educated unemployed youths would be adopted. These youths would be trained in computer operations free of cost. Expert computer operators at the Institute would give them lessons in computer education. These students would be taught almost all vocational computer programmes so that they could start their own business and earn.
According to the institute director Dr RK Trivedi the proposal was under active consideration. A detailed proposal in this connection would soon be submitted to the government for approval. The vocational courses would be started soon after the approval.
Trivedi said the institute had introduced seven courses of the Punjab Technical University from the current academic session. Classes for these courses would be start from September 2006. He said since the course under the Distant Education Scheme had been introduced for the employed persons all the classes would be held in the evening or in the morning.
He said in the first phase MBA, BBA, BCA, MCA, MS (IT) Journalism and Mass Communication courses had been introduced and later more courses would be added to meet the demand for professional courses for employed and unemployed persons. He said the institute had the necessary infrastructure for running the courses at a nominal fee ranging from Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 depending on the course. He said these courses were not for handicapped candidates only. Candidates from general category too can take admissions to the courses.