Physically challenged students can now get a better and a barrier-free environment in all the universities across the nation. University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked for a report having data for allocation of funds for barrier-free environment for physically challenged students. This decision arrived after Bombay High Court ordered to make up a barrier-free environment by March next year for the disabled students by directing the Chief Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities at the Centre.
Inspite of having various policies and guidelines, thousands of physically challenged students across the country face problems to pursue education. Providing a friendly environment along with other basic necessities to a physical challenged student is what barrier-free environment is all about. Talking books for blind students, sign language interpreters, hearing aid for various physically challenged students needs to be provided. To provide all these, UGC will grant an amount of one lakh to each University/Institution/College for barrier-free education.
Not only this, but proposal for a separate department of Disability Studies in each central universities across the country to be built. Even each state should have one university for person with disabilities as proposed.