HPU announces special concessions to disabled students in exams

North Gazette News/Shimla
Disabled students in Himachal would now be able to avail concessions in writing their exams from November 27, 2014.

Himachal Pradesh University would implement the examination policy for persons with disabilities, which is circulated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

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As per reports, HPU Vice Chancellor A D N Bajpai has approved the new examination policy that waves off all the pre- conditions for a writer who writes in examinations for the blind or other disabled persons.

The decision was taken in the meeting of committee constituted on the issue after receiving new directions of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Committee member and Associate Prof Ajai Srivastava said that one hour additional time would be given to disabled students in an examination of three hours duration.

The new rules will be implemented in the ensuing examinations commencing from November 27, 2014.

Srivastava said that major relief for the blind or other candidates who cannot write due to disability was that now they can engage any person as a writer irrespective of his qualification.

“As per old rules, the writer is to be a class lower than the candidate. As per the new rules, it would be the duty of invigilator to keep check that no unfair means are used by the writer while writing the answers,” he added.

HPU administration has entitled principals of the colleges to give permission for availing writers to save time and energy of the disabled students. At present, only Controller of Examination of University is authorized for this purpose.

In case of any emergency, the candidates would be allowed to change their writers.

Now eligible disabled candidates would be entitled to avail one hour addition time in place of existing half an hour in an examination of three hours duration.

As per the new policy, the University and colleges would have to prepare a pool of writers who would write in the examinations for those blinds and other eligible disabled candidates.

The writers would be paid remuneration by the college or university and the varsity would have to provide alternative questions to blind candidate in place of map-based questions in some subjects. The deaf candidates would have option to take objective type questions in place of descriptive questions.

One part of the new policy would be implemented from the academic session 2016-2017 that includes mainly providing an option to the blind and other eligible candidates to take examinations on computer or in Braille. The students, as per their choice, would be provided questions in the soft copy or in Braille.

The university would not charge any fee from blind and other disabled candidates for allowing them to avail facility of writer.