Today, 3 December, is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Day aims to promote better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
Later this month, Shivani Gupta of Access Ability and her team will be on our campus to undertake a complete Disability Audit of all the buildings, roads and other facilities. The Dean of Students Welfare’s office has been coordinating this effort, and our aim is to make as much of the campus accessible to persons with disabilities as possible, and to work for a full access in the future. This means ramps and elevators where possible, but also more.
One other news that is appropriate to share today is that the State Bank of India has very recently given us a 32 seater bus for the campus, specially designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. This will be for in-campus transport and will run as a shuttle. The bus is not yet on our campus- there is some body work needed on it- but shall be here soon. A great gesture on the part of SBI– many thanks to them on behalf of all of us!