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Role of social work department lauded
Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G Nageswara Rao lauded the efforts of the department of social work for striving for the welfare of differently abled.
Visakhapatnam: Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G Nageswara Rao lauded the efforts of the department of social work for striving for the welfare of differently abled.
Department of Social Work, Andhra University, in collaboration with Rehabilitation Council of India conducting a two-day national seminar on ‘Persons with Disabilities: Perspectives, Problems and Protection’.
Inaugurating the seminar here on Friday, the Vice-Chancellor explained about the state government’s support to the university and also informed that a separate cell for differently abled persons was established where the students over 200 (with disabilities), their affairs would be taken care of in the cell in terms of their skill development.
The mess fee of the students with disabilities has been waived as per the orders of the government. Ramps were constructed all over the university and lifts were erected to make the campus suitable to the students with disabilities and construction of disabled friendly toilets are in progress, Nageswara Rao said.
Delivering the keynote address, the Emeritus Professor and Former Deputy Director, TISS, Mumbai, Lina D Kashyap, gave an overview of the policy as well as the act for persons with disabilities.
She shared that the range of disabilities from sensory impairment. “It is a global issue not only in India, but also it is mostly observed that the loco motor disabilities are high followed by mental illness and mental retardation. There is a paradigm shift in the needs from welfare to rights as well as the policy shifts from rehabilitation to empowerment need based to rights-based approach,” Lina said.
Rector of Andhra University K Gayatri Devi focused more on providing moral boosters as well as psychological support to persons with disabilities. She appreciated the efforts taken in the university and the department of social work.
In his address, as presidential remarks, Principal, College of Arts and Commerce K Rama Mohana Rao emphasised that differently abled should be brought into main stream by creating confidence among them, he added.
Delegates from various NGOs, government departments from New Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Kerala, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh are participating in the seminar.