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Delhi University to Provide Accessible Smartphones, Hearing Aid for Students with Disabilities

June 02, 2016

Delhi University will provide accessible smart phones, white canes, hearing aid and wheelchairs to students with disabilities from this year.

VerbaVoice users receive a transcription of what is being said on their smartphones. Photo credit: VerbaVoice/Winkler

VerbaVoice users receive a transcription of what is being said on their smartphones. Photo credit: VerbaVoice/Winkler

In a move to empower students, the university’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) is working to provide students with disabilities with such facilities.

“The students have already been provided laptops and now we will give them accessible smartphones, canes, wheelchair and hearing aid. These will be provided through the central government’s Assistance for Person with Disability (ADIP) scheme,” said Anil Aneja, officer on special duty (OSD), EOC.

The university reserves 3% of seats in each course for such students. They also get 5% relaxation in cutoff. Even for hostel seats, there is 5% reservation for people with disabilities.

With the change in the cutoff policy last year, which will continue this year as well, officials say enrolment of students in the category has increased.

“Suppose a student with a disability has scored a 90 % in the board exam and he takes admission under the cutoff meant for the disabled category. But later as the cutoff in the subsequent list comes down and he meets the cutoff, he will move to the general seat. So this policy has made more seats available for students with disabilities,” said Aneja.

Even though the process is online this year, the EOC has been helping such students to fill the form. They are also attending queries over the phone.

“We are getting a lot of query on dyslexia being included in the disabled category. This is included in the locomotor orthopaedic disability,” said Bipin Tiwari, EOC OSD.

Those with more than 40% disability will be considered for the reservation in the category. Starting this year, students will upload self-attested copies of disability certificates with the registration form.

“DU will only accept a certificate from the government hospital as a proof of disability,” said Tiwari.

So far around 468 candidates in the category have applied to DU. Last year, a total of 1,031 students applied.

Source: Global Accessibility News

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