The UGC (University Grants Commission) has drafted new guidelines aimed at enhancing the educational experience for students with disabilities and special learning needs. These guidelines encompass a wide range of learning styles and support mechanisms, designed to cater to the diverse needs of these students. The educational resources will be accessible on the websites of all universities, allowing students to study at their own convenience. For students encountering challenges in reading, an option to listen to the study materials will be provided. There is a nationwide plan to introduce this new system in all universities, including Udaipur.
In order to address the unique needs of students and deliver subject matter information effectively, educational materials have been enriched with visual, auditory, and tactile learning styles. This integration enables students to comprehend the content more easily through the use of video images and diagrams. Furthermore, it enhances the educational value at the local university level.
The UGC has placed a strong emphasis on providing support through assistive devices to simplify tasks for individuals with disabilities. They have categorized disabilities into several types, covering physical disabilities, acid attack survivors, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, visual and hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and more. For instance, in the case of intellectual disabilities, the focus is on aiding in understanding information, improving communication, and enhancing social skills.
E-Learning and Distance Learning Facility
In this draft, the UGC has incorporated provisions for providing learning support to students with disabilities, recognizing the vital role of such assistance in the education sector. This support encompasses offering additional financial aid through various agencies and facilitating arrangements for e-learning and distance education when students encounter difficulties attending a physical institution. Additionally, an initiative has been introduced to create videos aimed at educating students without disabilities about, and fostering connections with, individuals with disabilities.