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HPU being developed as model accessible hill varsity

Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Vice Chancellor Sikander Kumar on Monday said the varsity was being developed as a ‘model accessible hill University’ in the country.

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Vice Chancellor Sikander Kumar on Monday said the varsity was being developed as a ‘model accessible hill University’ in the country.

Kumar was speaking in an awareness workshop on visual impairment and other disabilities on the campus to mark The Word White Cane Day which was organised by Ajai Srivastava, member of Executive Council and Nodal Officer (Disability Affairs).

He said an accessible library has been made where visually impaired students read books on computer through talking software.

A new section of accessible library with 17 computers will come up this month and the University web portal is fully accessible.

“Now 14 Lifts, 10 ramps and accessible toilets on the campus are on the cards. Free education for the disabled students, good scholarship, 5 per cent in seats and 4 per cent reservation in jobs is already available to them.

The result is that this year a record 7 disabled students including, 5 visually impaired, made the state proud by qualifying UGC NET,” he said.

He also revealed that efforts are on to establish a Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies and one State Disability Resource Centre in the University.

“I accept that our University could not do justice with the disabled students and they had to approach the High Court for relief. Now, the situation will change.