UGC requests that colleges and universities develop accessibility policies to help PwD students.

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According to UGC standards, HEIs must make buildings wheelchair accessible, create bridge courses, help PwDs through counselling, and mentor them.

NEW DELHI: To make higher education more accessible to people with disabilities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has requested that colleges and universities apply “Accessibility Guidelines and Standards for Higher Education Institutions and Universities” (PwDs). “University Grants Commission (UGC) has prepared with a view to improving the participation and learning experiences of persons with disabilities in HEIs as well as to accomplish the aims of NEP 2020 and requirements of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Our HEIs will become much more accessible thanks to the “Accessibility Guidelines and Standards for Higher Education Institutions and Universities,” according to a statement from the UGC.

In accordance with the guidelines, HEIs are required to make sure that all buildings and facilities are wheelchair-accessible and accommodating for people with disabilities, create bridge courses for students who may come from underprivileged educational backgrounds, and offer socio-emotional and academic support for all such students through appropriate counselling and mentoring programmes. According to UGC, HEIs must develop a shared learning environment that is adaptable and accessible for all students to learn in, including those with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

In order to promote barrier-free urban development for people with disabilities in three major domains—the built environment, information technology, and transportation—the Government of India established the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) in 2015. The draught guidelines were created by the Commission and released in February. The following parts include specified guidelines for forming a comprehensive viewpoint and understanding:

  • Accessibility in Resources, Services
  • Accessibility of ICT
  • Accessible Assessment or Examination
  • Accessible Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • Inclusive Campus Living
  • Need Assessment and Support Provisions
  • Promoting Inclusive Practices and Accessibility
  • Mobility Infrastructure
  • Built Infrastructure
  • Governance and Monitoring of Accessibility and Inclusive Practices

Mayank Tewari

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