Activists Slam Modi Government’s Plan for Central University for Persons With Disabilities

New Delhi: Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar’s recent announcement  about the government’s decision to set up a special central university to cater to the needs of students with disabilities across the country has not gone down well with disability rights activists. They believe that this is an “an exclusionary move which will further segregate people with disabilities” and that it would be better if more opportunities are created for ensuring that persons with disabilities (PwDs) get mainstreamed by living and learning with the non-disabled.
While delivering the convocation address at the Dr Shakuntala Mishra Rehabilitation University in Lucknow, Javadekar had spoken about how he had “discussed the prospect of a central university for differently-abled with Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot”. He had also observed that the Centre was sensitive to the needs of the disabled and this was why Modi had thought of referring to them as ‘divyang‘ (divine) instead of ‘viklang’ (disabled).

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