AICTE asks Universities to set up disability resource centres
Asia-Pacific, March 2 2016
NEW DELHI: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked universities and colleges offering engineering and other professional programmes to open disability resource centres to provide support to students with disabilities in pursuing their studies.
The council has asked the higher educational institutions to establish dedicated centres for helping students with disabilities in completing their academic programmes on an “equal basis with others”, accepting recommendations of a committee of experts appointed to laying down of modalities for setting up of such resource centres.
A decision to set up such dedicated centre for providing support to students with disabilities was taken at the meeting of the council’s executive committee earlier this month. “I urge you goodself to look into the matter to set up disability resource centres,” the AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said in a directive to all higher educational institutions offering engineering and various other professional programmes on February 24.
The council had set up the committee of experts to suggest measures on how special students can be helped to perform better in their engineering and professional degree programmes, in view of the suggestions made by the office of the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities in its annual report about eight years ago.
“Disability resource centres should be set up in the higher educational institutions to facilitate with quality education to students with disabilities on equal basis with others. A time bound schedule should be drawn up and implemented to make all the universities, colleges and other educational institutions accessible to them,” the office of the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities in its report for the year 2008-09 and 2010-11.
The committee of experts, set up by the AICTE to examine suggestions, noted in its report to the council: “Generally these (special) students do not need any specific provision other than those required by able students for learning. It has been observed that in many cases, they are unable to cope up with their academic learning with normal students.”
They favoured setting up of disability centres at higher educational institutions for such students, suggesting host of measures to improve the performance of students suffering from any disability.