[AI] The Policy

Amiyo Biswas amiyo.biswas at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 01:45:00 EST 2008

Hello Kanchan and Suhas,

Please keep us updated on the issue. We asked the Disability Commissioner of
West Bengal last ear for a comprehensive guideline. We enclosed a copy of
the rules framed by Maharashtra Commission. However, nothing was done. We
are planning to approach the Commissioner again in April for a policy. I
have already sent to the organisers the draft policy I got from the list.

Best regards,


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Suhas Karnik" <suhasvkarnik at hotmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] The Policy

> Dear Kanchan,
> How can you forget the contribution of National Association for the Blind,
(NAB) India. The presence of NAB in the meeting has made a big difference.
The points which you could not push have been dealt by me and got them
unanimously accepted. The contrubution of Prof. Mittal and Shri. Bhaskar
Mehta was significant. The points which you have missed to mention here are
as follow:
> 1. The extra time will not be termed as 'extra' hereafter. It will be
treated as a compensatory time.
> 2. The 20 minutes per hour will be minimum, any examining body is free to
grant more allowance if it feels so.
> 3. In the assisstive devices we have also added Braille slate
> 4. For low vision candidates who could write their own examination paper
but cannot read in normal front shall be given a reader.
> To put in the proper perspective, the policy will be forwarded to Ministry
of Human Resources and Development (HRD), for its approval, however, it
shall be applicable to institutions governed by Central Government. The
S.J.E. Ministry is going to invite opinion from other stakeholders also,
before a final draft.As education falls in the concurrent list, states will
have to frame their own policy.
> However, I feel that no state will adopt a policy which is contrary to the
National Policy.
> Amities,
> Suhas Karnik.
> > From: kanchanpamnani at hotmail.com> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 07:15:13 +0530> Subject: [AI] The Policy> > Just like
to report that we had a good meeting yesterday in Delhi. > the
recommendations are as follows: > 1.Candidate has the discretion to appoint
his own scribe> 2. Extra time of 20 mins per hour of exam> 3. no fetters on
qualification of Scribe. This is the best - no junior problem, no stream
problem, no marks problem. > 4. Alternative Formats as suggested in my draft
plus audio. > 5. All equipment as suggested in my draft. > 6. the details of
the technology hardware and software to be used will be put in an annexure.
Here I will re send Manish's points.> Basically everything accepted. I did
not fight about extra time of 30 mins. Everyone felt that 20 mins per hour
was fair. Any loss of time will also be compensated. The biggest achievement
is on no fetters on Scribe chosen by candidate and multiple scribes. this
battle took nearly 1 and half hours. these recommendations will be the
minimum to be provided some Examining Bodies provide better facilities like
Pranav has suggested they can continue to do so. > > Now the whole process
starts. it will be recommended to the Ministry then maybe another 2 sittings
and discussions. then it will be implemented at the Center and we will have
to go back to each State to ask them to implement it. > It is ironical but
the fight started in Maharashtra and then went to the Center and now we will
have to go back to each state finally to achieve uniformity. > Closure is
far but the steps have started. > I would like to thank Mr. Sisodia who
started this battle and then got me involved, every accessindian for sharing
and contributing and the Xaviers Resource Centre for the Visually challenged
in Researching and actually battling it out with the Authorities.> this
topic can now close for a few days till I post the recommendations as and
when I receive it.> I guess by 2009 exam season we should have everything in
place. Thanks once again > Kanchan > > To unsubscribe send a message to
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