The Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, VP Singh Badnore on Monday said Chandigarh should become the first disabled-friendly city in India as it has the potential to come on world map.

After visited the Government Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID especially the various sections including College, Clinic and Special School), the Governor said there should be an interactive programme with the countries already running such institutes so that better ideas could be exchanged.

He also said that an international conference should be organised by GRIID where various stakeholders can come together to make Chandigarh the best city in the country in the field of disability.

Badnore also interacted with the parents of the Children with intellectual disabilities. He asked the director to ensure safe hostel facilities to the children especially the girls within the official premises. The Governor was informed that the GRIID was providing comprehensive training and education to the children.

Currently, there are 430 children are enrolled for intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism and multiple disabilities. He also said that GRIID was also providing vocational training to as many as 106 children in different sections like book binding, paper recycling unit.

Every year 30 students are enrolled for B.Ed and 30 for diploma courses while for the course of M.Ed 10 students are enrolled every year, he was informed.