Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has launched a new, fully accessible web portal replacing the old styled website.

This will now enable the disabled persons including visually impaired, hearing impaired and those who cannot handle mouse use the portal independently.

The portal was launched by Education minister Suresh Bhardwaj to mark the 49th foundation day of the university, which is seen as a big step to make the university accessible for everyone.

HPU disability Affairs Nodal Officer and member of the Portal Monitoring Committee Ajai Srivastava said the Portal has been prepared at the cost of Rs 20.57 Lakh, funded by the central ministry of social justice and empowerment.

He said that the new accessible portal has 36 sub-websites covering all teaching faculties, centres and wings of the University including ICDEOL, Centre for Evening Studies, Law and BBA College and Regional Centre at Dharamshala, enabling them to update at their end.

The work of the portal was assigned to National Informatics Centre (NIC) which executed it through NICSI, he said, adding that now the visually impaired person can read the material available on the portal through talking software and can even read scanned copies. They can also fill-up online forms without seeking other’s help. Any audio material will have descriptive text also for the hearing impaired people.