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New courses for the Differently-abled at DU

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The Delhi University-NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) resource centre will soon conduct a new certificate course in news reading, anchoring and voiceover for the differently-abled students. The DU-NTPC centre last year organised short-term certificate courses in sign language interpretation, communicative English, information and communication technology and disability and human rights.

'This new course will give a lot of confidence and the required exposure to these special students. Last year, there was a huge demand for a media-related course from among these students, so we have decided to start it this year,' said Komal Kamra, a faculty member at S.G.T.B Khalsa College, who is associated with the Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) of the DU. The EOC on Tuesday organised a special orientation programme for the physically handicapped students who have been admitted to various undergraduate courses for this academic year. Addressing the disabled students, their caregivers and parents at a function organised on the North Campus, Pro-Vice-Chancellor S.K. Tandon said it was the University's responsibility to nurture all children into responsible citizens. Dean of Students' Welfare S.K. Vij said it was imperative to keep a track of differently-abled children, not just in terms of academics, but also with respect to their other requirements. Vandita Kaul, a Director in the Disabilities Division of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, told students that they ought to be aware of their rights and reservation for them in jobs in the government sector. The EOC Officer on Special Duty Chandra Nisha Singh informed that the University would provide signers or interpreters to the hearing impaired students if they so desired.

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