Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College on Thursday launched a disability research center. The purpose of the center is to provide a platform for academic engagement with a disability as a subject.
Someshwar Sati, coordinator at the Centre for Disability Research and Training, said that the center was set up this semester.
The intention of the center is to enable the students and the faculty alike to promote Disability as a legitimate field of academic inquiry. Also to work towards the creation of an inclusive society.
The announcements were made during the felicitation ceremony for alumnus Yogesh Kathuniya who won a silver medal in the recently concluded Tokyo Paralympics.
The college also conducted a ceremony to mark the launch of assistive devices such as laptops, electronic (refreshable) braille displays, daisy players (digital recorders). And distributed the tablets among around 30 visually impaired students at the college.
In another initiative called Aarohan, the college has also collaborated with a non-governmental organization (NGO)-Saksham.
The initiative- Aarohan will work on creating a level-playing field for students with Blindness and Low Vision. The level-playing field will be created by providing reasonable accommodation based on their need assessment.
The Centre for Disability Research and Training aims to provide a unique opportunity to deepen the understanding of disability.
To partake in the process of spreading social awareness of the phenomena in the hope of effecting an attitudinal change in society.
The principal of the college also enlightened her views on the occasion. Principal Vibha Chauhan said the college had been trying to strengthen the culture of enablement.
“The center will focus on research and training and a tool to understand and conceptualize the idea of disability and how it has evolved and its relationship with society. The center is not limited to the college’s UG students and will be open to all,” she said.