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Shimla, April 11 (H.S.). Umang Foundation will challenge the anti-disability rules of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education, CBSE and State and National Open Schools in the High Court. Himachal Pradesh University’s disability policy has been implemented.

This information was given by expert member of State Disability Advisory Board and President of Umang Foundation and Nodal Officer for Disability Affairs of the University Prof. Ajay Srivastava gave in a webinar. In this webinar organized under the aegis of Umang Foundation, the topic “Rights of Disabled Students in Disability Policies of Himachal Pradesh University, State Board of School Education and CBS” was discussed. Anjana Thakur, a differently-abled student (JRF) pursuing her PhD in Botany from Himachal Pradesh University, was the convener of the programme. Expert speaker in the webinar Prof. Ajay Srivastava said that recently, after taking cognizance of his prayer by the Juvenile Justice Committee of Himachal Pradesh High Court headed by Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, the State Education Board has to amend its rules regarding Divyang on February 4, 2022. Was lying. But still many rules of the education board are violating the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.

Pro. Srivastava said that according to the rules of the State Education Board, students with physical disabilities cannot study science subjects. This is discrimination against disabled students, which is illegal by law. Apart from this, many other rules also violate the law. The board has also given the right to the visually impaired students to take the examination in computer or braille only on paper. He said that there are discrepancies in CBSE’s 12 April 2019 rules also. In these, schools in Himachal usually do not provide the facility of writer to the candidates who are unable to write due to visual impairment and physical disability. If the students themselves have to find a writer, then in violation of the law, the school forces them to bring at least one class junior writer. The rule of giving examination on computer to visually impaired students is also not being implemented.

Similarly, State and National Open School rules are also not fully compliant with disability-law. In these it has been said that for the visually impaired and unable to write, the writer should be a student of any age and he should not be a relative of the candidate. Open School does not arrange writers for the examinees in Himachal. If the examination center arranges for the writer, then according to the rules, he does not give any honorarium.

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