Jawaharlal Nehru University mulling setting up of National Resource Centre for blind

By: | Updated: August 9, 2015 11:05 AM

Jawaharlal Nehru University is considering setting up a National Resource Centre to develop an online portal to provide access to e-resources to the visually impaired faculty and students of various universities across the globe.

JNUAs per Indian Census 2011 report, there are 10.6 million Visually Impaired Persons in India and at least 3 million are with mobility and learning disability. (PTI)

Jawaharlal Nehru University is considering setting up a National Resource Centre to develop an online portal to provide access to e-resources to the visually impaired faculty and students of various universities across the globe.

The Central Library of the University is working on a proposal for submission to HRD ministry and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to set up National Resource Centre for Visually Impaired Faculty and Students of Higher Education Institutions in India (NRCVISHEI) and also to establish a consortia of Indian University Libraries to fulfil its aims and objectives.

“We plan to survey all the state, deemed and central universities of the country which are recognised by UGC in order to find out the existing facilities, needs and expectations of the Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs),” varsity librarian Ramesh C Gaur told PTI.

Gaur’s project “Reaching the Unreached: Ensuring Equal Access to Visually Impaired Faculty and Students for Inclusive Education” has also bagged the highly commended winner of the 2013 Emerald South Asia LIS Research Fund Award.

After completion of survey, to fine tune the proposal, a brainstorming session will be held at varsity and suggestions of all stakeholders will be sought.

“Following the survey we will know about the requirements and will then prepare a proposal to develop a searchable online portal of course content of higher education in the country. It will help by avoiding duplication of efforts as content developed at one university may be used by VIPs at other universities,” he said.

“The proposed centre aims to collect, digitise, store, analyse and provide anytime, anywhere access to e-resources to VIPs of various higher education institutions all over the world in general and of India in particular to enhance their knowledge as well to excel in their field of interest,” he said.

As per Indian Census 2011 report, there are 10.6 million Visually Impaired Persons in India and at least 3 million are with mobility and learning disability.

“India has over 573 universities including 42 central universities, 287 state universities, 115 private universities, 129 deemed universities, besides 33 institutes of national importance (established under Act of Parliament), five institutions established under various state legislations and over 30,000 colleges. We plan to make it accessible to all of them and share their e-resources on this platform,” Gaur said.

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