[AI] The Policy

pamnani kanchanpamnani at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 21 11:23:18 EST 2008


Hi Amiyo
Please just wait dont forward anything now. Once we get the recommendations 
then each of us can go to our own state. Kanchan
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Amiyo Biswas" <amiyo.biswas at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:15
Subject: Re: [AI] The Policy


> 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,
>
> Amiyo.
>
> Cell: +91-9433464329
>
> ----- 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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