HPU library for blind open with 2.3 lac books, Offers absolutely free education to disabled
SHIMLA– Himachal Pradesh University library has become fully accessible for blind students. They can access to all books available in the library, 2.3 lac online books and many on line journals. The University is providing absolutely free education to disabled students in all courses.
It was disclosed by Prof. ADN Bajpai while inaugurating the accessible library on the campus .
In the library, three computers have been installed with different talking software. Now, blind students can access to any book out of two lac 20 thousand books of the library through computer. They have to scan the page and scan- reader software will read the page. Ajai Srivastava, an Associate Professor and Nodal Officer for Disability Affairs briefed the Vice Chancellor about the functioning of the accessible library.
Internet facility has been provided in the accessible library through which students can easily access to 2 lac 30 thousand online books on “Bookshare”, an online global library. They can also read online journals through talking software.
The Vice Chancellor said that the university is for all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or disability. He said, “We have taken a number of steps, including making ramps, to make the campus disabled friendly.” We are the first university in the country to providing absolutely free education to disabled student.”
The Central government’s Examination Policy for the Disabled has also been implemented. Blind or other students who can’t write due to disability and engage a scribe are given one hour extra time in an examination of three hours duration, apart from other facilities. The university provides free transportation facility to the disabled students in its buses.