[AI] Fwd :Student with Disabilities of Chittagong bangladesh demanding the Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty

Sruti disAbility Rights Centre sruti.darc at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 09:23:44 PDT 2015

Forwarding news of interest from Bangladesh.

Shampa Sengupta

Press Release:

Student with Disabilities of Chittagong demanding the Ratification of
Marrakesh Treaty

Last Thursday, 25th June, 2015, Disabled Student Society of Chittagong
University (DISSCU), arranged an orientation on DAISY Books and Marrakesh
Treaty at Government Chittagong Art college auditorium, In collaboration
with Sitakund Federation of DPOs, University of Chittagong , Young power in
Social Action (YPSA) and Disability Rights Fund ( DRF) .

In this program student with Disabilities demanded the ratification of
Marrakesh Treaty by the Bangladesh government. They said, “Reading is our
rights, without any barrier we want to get access in any reading materials
in alternative format.”

Vice-chancellor of Chittagong University, Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin
Chowdhury was present as chief guest and he committed to the students that
University of Chittagong authority will take necessary measures to ensure
quality education for student with disabilities. He added, in the mean time
we have taken some steps such as admission quota, stipend etc for student
with disabilities of Chittagong university. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Program
Manager, YPSA and country representative GAATES presented a keynote papers
on DAISY books and briefing the importance of digital books considering the
current context of students with vision disabilities in Bangladesh. He
said, I did not get any accessible page of text books, when I was a student
of Chittagong university, but now 22 thousand pages of text books are
available for visual impaired students.
He firstly introduced the Marrakesh Treaty to the audience, and he
delineated, "Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for
Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled").
Vashkar Bhattacharjee added that “Now ended the moment of mercy and
kindness, build the Bangladesh digital.”
Md. Shahajan, student of International Relationship, General Secretary of
DISSCU, moderated the program. Former Dean, Professor Gazi Salauddin,
department of Sociology, Professor M Shafiul, department of philosophy,
Proctor Ali Azgar, Chittagong University, Didarul Alam, founder of
Chittagong Abahani Ltd, Osman Goni Monsur Chief editor, Daily Purbodesh and
Mr. Abdus Samad, head teacher Government school for the blind, were present
as special guest and delivered a speech in that program.
Md. Hasan, Vice President, DISSCU, demanded to Dr. Iftekhar Chowdhury,
Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University, implementing to make text books
in accessible formats, currently no student with vision impaired can avail
accessible study materials and secondly to create employment opportunities
for the persons with disabilities at this university, and Vice-Chancellor
assured, all claims of students with vision disabilities will be
implemented in accordance with limited resources of university. It is noted
that, In the mean time 32 text books for university have already converted
in accessible format and all text books of class 1 to class 10 are
available in alternative formats, such as Braille , Multimedia and Unicode
format etc, and more works are going on through the support of Access to
information program, Prime Minister Office and YPSA is leading in the
process, and keeping partnership with Access to Information (a2i) program
of Prime Minister’s office of Bangladesh , Accessible Books Consortium
(ABC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Disability Rights
Fund (DRF), Australian Aid (AUSAID) , DAISY Consortium , Information
Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) , Federation of DPOs Sitakund , Global
Alliance on Accessible Technologies & Environment (GAATES) and Community
Radio Sagor Giri FM99.2.


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