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Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:13:03 +0530
Subject: {Retina India Connect} Are disabled getting a raw deal from varsity?
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find below the news published in times of india.  no comments from my
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Are disabled getting a raw deal from varsity?
Isha Jain, TNN, Jan 3, 2011, 06.13am IST

LUCKNOW: Has the Lucknow University totally become insensitive towards
the disabled students? It certainly seems so. The 70% dip in the
number of visually challenged students in the Acharya Narendra Deo
(AND) hostel, the only one at the LU supposedly equipped with
facilities to house them, is indeed shocking . What is keeping
students away is a food for thought.

The total number of disabled, mostly the visually impaired students,
has come to 12 in comparison to 56 last year. One of the major factors
behind the decline is the withdrawal of the free boarding and mess
facility that the university provided them. To reason, the authorities
blame it on the paucity of funds and the increasing number of students
that forced them to withdraw the facility.

'' There is absolutely no facility being provided to us in the
university. We already are in a troubled state and with no recording
facility, it is difficult for us to study. We have to pay Rs 500-700
more to hire a teacher who can read the book to us. As if this was not
enough, the university also withdrew the free boarding and food
facility,'' said Narendra Singh Tomar, who is pursuing BA.

Ironically, the University Grants Commission has allocated a certain
amount for developing a resource centre and various other facilities
like the electronic reading machine, Braille books. The incharge of
the UGC cell, AK Sengupta, however, could not furnish details of the
total amount sanctioned to the university for the welfare of disabled
students in the university. A reliable source revealed that the
university has been allocated a sum of Rs 3.35 crore under the
eleventh five-year plan of the UGC.

Talking about the specialised library which was set up in 2005, and
inaugurated on the birthday of Acharya Narendra Deo in October this
year, it is yet to be operational . A blind student while moving out
from the hostel told TOI: '' We have never heard about the library. It
is the first time we are hearing this from you. If such a facility
existed, why doesn't the university pay attention to it. ''

On the contrary, when TOI spoke to the provost, AND hostel, OP Shukla,
he said: '' The library has been functional since the day it was
inaugurated. When the students come to go through the Braille books,
we put the chairs inside for them to sit and study.''

Seeking an official answer for wasting the existing resources,
university spokesperson, SK Dwivedi said: '' I am not sure whether the
university has the facilities for the visually impaired students.

Blind alley
Lucknow University in 2002 started taking admission of the visually
challenged students in undergraduate courses through the provision of
direct admission. The first provost of the AND hostel where these
students stayed was Sudhir Kumar. The university waived off the
boarding and mess fee from the blind students considering their poor
financial background. In the first year, only 5 students joined the
university which later increased to 56 in 2009-10 . The university
withdrew the facility of free boarding and mess in 2010

Electronic reading centre for the blind lying defunct

1- The Indian Association for the Visually Handicapped (IAVH)
Electronic Reading Centre for the Blind at Lucknow University is lying
defunct ever since its inception 10 years ago.

2- The IAVH Centre was established at Tagore Library in January 2000
under the chairmanship of the then vice-chancellor amid much fanfare.
The purpose for setting up the centre was to make the visually
impaired people, those employed as well as those studying,
selfdependent . But in the absence of a regular instructor, the centre
could not be made functional.

Computer application course a failure |
To add up, the much-hyped computer application diploma course for the
blind under the department of social work is also turning out to be a
failure. Reason: the course is being run under-self finance category,
whereas majority of visually impaired students belong to economically
weaker sections.

Library inaugurated, yet to be functional |
The Lucknow University might be providing education to the visually
challenged, but they have no access to the library or Braille material
for studies. The absence of the audio facility, tape recorders and
cassettes make the task even more cumbersome. Despite several efforts
made by the students, nothing has been taken care of.

prateek agarwal.

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