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University to form policy for students with disabilities

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India –  Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) will be the first one in the country to have its own policy for students with disabilities.

A committee, constituted by the Vice-Chancellor, will prepare the draft policy document which will be implemented after the approval of the Executive Council.

The proposed policy document will incorporate all legislative provisions for students, employees and teachers, apart from the relevant judgments of the Supreme Court and HP High Court.

It will benefit all stakeholders, including students, teachers and employees of the university and affiliated colleges, said Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sikander Kumar.

“The university has taken a number of steps to facilitate persons with disabilities and the website of the university now has been accessible. A library with computers and talking software is functional and installation of dozen more computers for blind people is in the pipeline and 14 ramps and 12 lifts are proposed to facilitate disabled employees,” he added.

The Act further said every government establishment will provide a reasonable accommodation and conducive atmosphere to employees with disability. They should not be denied promotion on the ground of disability and no government establishment will dispense with or reduce the rank of an employee who acquires a disability during his or her service.

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