The New Indian Express | S Mannar Mannan | 27th February 2016 |
CHENNAI: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed all technical education institutions to set up disability resource centres to benefit all types of differently-abled students and provide them with a barrier-free environment and special pedagogical approach. A decision in this regard was taken at the AICTE’s executive committee meeting held on February 1. It was based on the recommendation of the Annual Report of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, which stated that Disability Resource Centres should be set up at universities, colleges and other educational institutions to impart quality higher education to students with disabilities, on a par with others. Based on this, the AICTE formed a committee comprising the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research Director, MP Poonia, Veermata Jijabai and Technological Institute Dean V M Topkar, for setting up resource centres.
In its report, the committee stated that three percent of seats are reserved for differently-abled persons in technical and professional courses. Students under this category may be having physical disability (orthopaedic, visual, hearing) or learning disability (dyslexia or mental health difficulties like depression). The committee suggested different ways through which students belonging to these categories can be supported by the disability resource centres. It includes allowing students to record during classroom sessions, time extension for writing the examination, conducting practicals or workshops, use of sign language interpreter, reserving seating in class to ensure good communication and visibility and allowing breaks during practicals. – Courtesy / AICTE Circular, Notice : Setting up of Disability Resource Centres in the Universities and Institutions