A web portal will now help vision-impaired students write exams. Indu Shahani, principal of HR College, Churchgate and sheriff of Mumbai, became the first member of www.sespath.org, a new internet portal to help visually challenged students across the country locate volunteers who will help them read books and write exams.
“I had helped vision impaired students in my childhood, and thus want my students to get the opportunity to do the same,” said Shahani.
The website has different registration pages for volunteers and vision impaired students. Each party is notified by email of the other’s location and the specific help-needs and time required. The website uses geo-positioning to ensure that both parties live in the same vicinity. “We do not want a volunteer to stop taking the effort to help because of travelling hassles,” said Arvind Bhartiya, trustee of Retina India, a non-government organisation that created the website.
In addition to usual exam anxieties, vision impaired students also have to worry about how they will write their exams.
“Although there is reservation for us in most educational institutions, procurement of suitable study material is a problem,” said Amar Jain, 22, a student of Government Law College, Churchgate.